US Pat. No. 10,167,077

ROTOR DOME, A ROTOR, AND A ROTORCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS, Mari...

1. A dome for a rotor of a rotorcraft, the dome comprising a cap extending radially and in elevation from a center of the cap on an axis of rotation towards a periphery of the cap and in azimuth over 360 degrees, the cap extending in thickness from a bottom face for facing a hub of the rotor towards a top face above the bottom face, the dome including notches enabling blades to pass therethrough in order to allow the blades to flap;wherein the dome includes a plurality of slots between the periphery and the axis of rotation in elevation, each slot being distinct from the notches, each slot passing through a thickness of the cap by extending in elevation from the bottom face to the top face, the dome including in azimuth along at least one circular path about the axis of rotation a succession of solid surfaces defined by parts of the top face and two adjacent slots, respectively, of the plurality of slots, the solid surfaces facing an incident air stream so that the incident air stream impacts in succession against a solid surface of the solid surfaces and a slot of the plurality of slots during rotation of the dome about the axis of rotation in elevation, wherein the solid surfaces comprise a plurality of arms extending spanwise from the axis of rotation in elevation towards the periphery, each arm extending in azimuth between two adjacent slots, respectively, of the plurality of slots, each arm presenting an airfoil profile extending in azimuth between a leading edge in the vicinity of one slot of the two adjacent slots, respectively, and a trailing edge in the vicinity of the other slot of the two adjacent slots, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,167,075

JOINT ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF FORMING THEREOF

The Boeing Company, Chic...

16. A method of forming a joint assembly, said method comprising:providing a first component including a plurality of layers formed from a first material, and a plurality of strips formed from a second material;
forming a second component including a plurality of retention members and a plurality of recesses defined between adjacent retention members;
extending a portion of a second component at least partially into the first component, the portion having an uneven outer profile;
coupling a first layer of the plurality of layers to the plurality of retention members and within the plurality of recesses;
coupling a strip of said plurality of strips to the first layer within each recess;
surrounding the second component and the plurality of strips with a second layer of the plurality of layers such that an entirety of the second component is inward of an entirety of the plurality of layers and the second component is not exposed to an exterior environment;
wherein a first layer of said plurality of layers is coupled to said plurality of retention members and positioned within said plurality of recesses, and wherein each strip of said plurality of strips is coupled to said first layer within each recess, wherein a second layer of said plurality of layers is coupled to said plurality of strips opposite said first layer such that said each strip is positioned between said first layer and said second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,074

STRUCTURE FORMED FROM COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Airbus Operations Limited...

1. A composite structure comprising:a composite structural member formed from a synthetic composite material;
a sealant layer disposed on a surface of the composite structural member;
a first metallic layer disposed on the sealant layer; and
a second metallic layer comprising a fastener region, in which one or more fasteners are located, an extent of the first metallic layer being spaced from the fastener region by a predetermined distance,
wherein the second metallic layer is disposed in or on a surface of the composite structural member and is overlapped by the first metallic layer, and
wherein the sealant layer overlaps the second metallic layer.

US Pat. No. 10,167,073

MULTI-PIECE BEZEL FOR ELECTRO-OPTIC WINDOW ASSEMBLY

GENTEX CORPORATION, Zeel...

1. A window mounting assembly, comprising:a multi-piece bezel comprising:
a first portion having an attachment feature, and
a second portion having a retention feature configured to engage the attachment feature such that an inner opening is defined having an inner wall, wherein the inner wall defines a channel;
wherein the multi-piece bezel is configured to couple to an aircraft pressure pane and an aircraft pressure pane frame; and
an electro-optic element disposed in the opening and configured for reception in the channel of the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,167,071

DUAL DIFFERENTIAL RUDDER SYSTEM

Townsend Marine Design, I...

1. A dual differential rudder system for steering a marine vehicle, the rudder system comprising:a port side differential rudder system comprising:
a port side upper linkage assembly bar;
a port side lower linkage assembly bar;
a port side outside rudder; and
a port side inside rudder;
a starboard side differential rudder system comprising:
a starboard side upper linkage assembly bar;
a starboard side lower linkage assembly bar;
a starboard side outside rudder; and
a starboard side inside rudder,
wherein the port side differential rudder system is configured to turn the port side outside rudder at a different angle than the port side inside rudder angle, and the starboard side differential rudder system is configured to turn the starboard side outside rudder at a different angle than the starboard side inside rudder angle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,070

MARINE ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM WITH CABLE ASSEMBLY

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. A marine electric power steering system comprising:an actuator assembly having an actuator assembly input, an actuator assembly output, and an electric motor arranged to actuator the actuator assembly output, the actuator assembly input being operatively connected to a steering shaft that extends along a steering column axis;
a step down gear assembly, comprising:
a first gear driven by a second gear, and
a crank arm extending from the first gear, the crank arm is disposed transverse to the steering column axis; and
a cable assembly extending from an end of the crank arm to a steering device, in response to rotation of the steering shaft about the steering column axis, the actuator assembly output rotates the second gear, and the second gear rotates the first gear, such that the crank arm moves the cable assembly to move the steering device.

US Pat. No. 10,167,069

MOUNTING AND ACTUATION DEVICE

SIDESHIFT INC., Carleton...

1. A mounting and actuation device comprising:a mounting body adapted to mount the device to an external surface, the mounting body having a first end and a second end, at least one mounting surface, and a first side wall element and a second side wall element, the at least one mounting surface having an upper surface configured to abut the external surface, the at least one mounting surface further having a lower surface, the first side wall element downwardly projecting from the lower surface of the at least one mounting surface, the second side wall element downwardly projecting from the lower surface of the at least one mounting surface, the first side wall element having an inner surface and an outer surface, the second side wall element having an inner surface and an outer surface; and
an actuation arm operable for movement from a first stowed position to a second actuated position, the actuation arm operably connected to the mounting body at a first proximal end, the actuation arm having a second distal end, the second distal end having a mounting surface adapted to receive an accessory;
wherein the actuation arm is configured to be generally parallel to the external surface in the first stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,068

APPARATUS FOR ROWING IN THE DIRECTION THE ROWER IS FACING

1. An apparatus for rowing in the direction the rower is facing, the apparatus comprising:a counteracting four-bar linkage system comprising:
a base frame, the base frame comprising first bearings and second bearings,
a grip lever, the grip lever having a grip lever axis and being a crank of the counteracting four-bar linkage system,
an oar lever, the oar lever having an oar lever axis and being a driven arm of the counteracting four-bar linkage system, and
a linkage,
a first bearing body mounted in the base frame via the first bearings and comprising a first main axle, the linkage being connected to the first bearing body, the oar lever being mounted in the first bearing body so as to be rotatable about the oar lever axis,
a second bearing body mounted in the base frame via the second bearings and comprising a second main axle, the grip lever being mounted in the second bearing body so as to be rotatable about the grip lever axis, the linkage being connected to the second bearing body,
a rotary drive at the first bearing body, the rotary drive comprising a first actuator rod, the first actuator rod being coaxial with the first main axle of the first bearing body, the oar lever being connected to the rotary drive,
a second actuator rod, the second actuator rod being actuated by the grip lever and being coaxial with the second main axle, and
a seesaw mounted on the base frame and having a first side and a second side, the second actuator rod engaging with the first side of the seesaw, the first actuator rod engaging with the second side of the seesaw,
wherein an actuation of the second actuator rod causes the seesaw to shift the first actuator rod.

US Pat. No. 10,167,067

VESSEL PROPULSION APPARATUS AND VESSEL INCLUDING THE SAME

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vessel propulsion apparatus comprising:a duct including a stator;
a propeller including a rim that includes a rotor facing the stator and defining an electric motor in combination with the stator, and a blade on an inner side in a radial direction of the rim;
a fluid bearing provided on the duct, and that defines a gap into which surrounding water is introduced between the fluid bearing and the rim, and is water-lubricated with respect to the rim due to water introduced into the gap from the surroundings; and
a motor controller configured or programmed to drive the electric motor by rotation speed control in a rotation speed control region in which an output command is not more than a predetermined value, and drives the electric motor by torque control in a torque control region in which an output command is more than the predetermined value.

US Pat. No. 10,167,065

AUXILIARY WAKE BALLAST SYSTEM

1. A system comprising:a primary ballast tank;
an auxiliary ballast tank; and
a Venturi valve having a fluid input channel, a first fluid output channel, and a second fluid output channel that outputs fluid at a pressure that is higher than that of the first fluid output channel,
wherein the first fluid output channel of the Venturi valve is coupled to the primary ballast tank for filling the primary ballast tank with fluid, and the second fluid output channel of the Venturi valve is coupled to the auxiliary ballast tank for filling the auxiliary ballast tank with fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,167,064

SIDE CUTAWAY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR KAYAKS

1. A side cutaway system for a kayak comprising:a deck and hull;
a side cutaway on both sides of the kayak in an area where a kayaker's knuckles and paddle shaft pass by the kayak, and
a bow sheer line ends at the bow end of the side cutaway, and
a stern sheer line ends at the stern end of the side cutaway, and
a top edge of the side cutaway intersects with the deck, and
a bottom edge of the side cutaway intersects with the hull, and
the side cutaway creates a discontinuity in the shape of the kayak which allows the paddle shaft to pass closer to the center of the kayak.

US Pat. No. 10,167,062

CABLE LOADING STRUCTURE

JDR Cable Systems Ltd., ...

15. A cable loading method for loading cable to or from a floating tank, the outer periphery of the floating tank being generally circular around a vertical axis, the method comprising providing:a floatable structure having a plurality of tank engaging members, wherein at least one of said tank engaging members is moveable between a first position and a second position such that in said first position said tank is moveable towards or away from said cable loading structure and in said second position, said tank is restrained against movement towards or away from said cable loading structure; and
a drive system on said floatable structure frictionally engageable with the outer periphery of the tank for rotating the tank; and
the method further comprising:
moving said moveable tank engaging member into said first position;
moving said tank into engagement with said floatable structure;
moving said moveable tank engaging member into said second position to engage said tank;
frictionally driving the sides of said tank to rotate within said floatable structure; and
feeding cable to or from the tank via the floatable structure;
wherein said cable loading structure has a main body and two arms defining a reception region for receiving the tank.

US Pat. No. 10,167,060

BUOYANT STRUCTURE WITH FRAME AND KEEL SECTION

1. A buoyant structure comprising:a. a hull having a main deck, the hull further comprising:
(i) a lower inwardly-tapering frustoconical side section that extends from the main deck;
(ii) a lower generally rounded section extending from the lower inwardly-tapering frustoconical side section;
(iii) a generally rounded keel;
b. a fin-shaped appendage secured to a lower and an outer portion of the exterior of the hull proximate the generally rounded keel;
c. a first frame extending from the generally rounded keel; and
d. a first keel extension connected to the first frame;
e. a plurality of support structures connected to a plurality of cross members, with a plurality of concentric supports connected to the plurality of cross members.

US Pat. No. 10,167,058

RETRACTABLE ROOF

TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC, ...

1. A retractable roof positionable in an opening, the retractable roof comprising:a pair of tracks oriented lengthwise along opposite sides of the opening;
an end frame assembly extending across the opening between the tracks and including a bow frame secured to end frame traveler cars movably mounted on the tracks, the bow frame including at least two bows secured together by a framework with at least one connector plate, and the bow frame extending across the opening between the tracks; and
a flexible roof material sized to cover the opening and secured to the end frame assembly,
wherein the end frame assembly is displaceable between a closed position and an opened position, the flexible roof material being configured to fold on itself as the end frame assembly is displaced to the opened position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,057

JET BOAT

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

11. A jet boat comprising:a hull;
a first jet propulsion unit provided to the hull, the first jet propulsion unit having a first steering deflector with a first propulsion axis, the first steering deflector being movable with respect to the hull;
a second jet propulsion unit provided to the hull, the second jet propulsion unit having a second steering deflector with a second propulsion axis, the second steering deflector being movable with respect to the hull; and
a user control switch operatively coupled to at least one of the first and second jet propulsion units to adjust a tilt of at least one of the first and second propulsion axes with respect to a vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,056

BICYCLE TRANSMISSION CONTROL APPARATUS

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle transmission control apparatus comprising:a controller configured to operate a transmission to be operated according to a parameter representing a running state of a bicycle and a predetermined shifting condition,
the controller being further configured to set the predetermined shifting condition based on the parameter representing the running state of the bicycle and a tilt angle of the bicycle, the predetermined shifting condition including a threshold value related to the parameter representing the running state of the bicycle, and
the controller being further configured to set the predetermined shifting condition by changing the threshold value, the controller changing the threshold value based on changes of the bicycle running state when the tilt angle changes from a predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,167,055

VARIABLY EXPANDING CHAIN TRANSMISSION

1. A transmission for a bicycle, comprising:(a) a rigid base plate for rotating about a central axis of rotation;
(b) a plurality of adjustment glide tracks attached between an outer portion of the rigid base plate and a central portion of the rigid base plate, each of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks comprising at least two locking notches;
(c) a plurality of gear segments, each one of the plurality of gear segments having a plurality of teeth for engaging a drive chain, each of the plurality of gear segments being attached to said rigid base plate to allow said plurality of gear segments to slide radially inward and outward along one of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks, and each one of the plurality of gear segments comprising a sliding pin for engaging the one of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks via one of the locking notches;
(d) a non-rotating control guide for engaging a sliding pin of each of the plurality of gear segments with one of the plurality of adjustment glide tracks, the non-rotating control guide comprising an inner plate and an outer plate, the inner plate and outer plate non-pivotably connected to the non-rotating control guide and adapted so that the inner plate urges the sliding pin of each of the plurality of gear segments toward the outer portion of the base plate and the outer plate urges the sliding pin of each of the plurality of gear segments toward the central portion of the base plate; and
(e) a control cable for movement of the non-rotating control guide by an operator of the bicycle,
wherein operation of the control cable moves the non-rotating control guide backward or forward for engaging a sliding pin of each of the plurality gear segments, moving each of the plurality of gear segments in a direction toward the outer portion of the rigid base plate or toward the central portion of the base plate and changing an effective radius of a curved path formed by the plurality of gear segments.

US Pat. No. 10,167,054

MOTORCYCLE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A motorcycle comprising:a vehicle body frame including a right and left pair of main frames extending from a head pipe while widening rearward, and pivot frames welded to the main frames, the pivot frames extending toward a rear downward direction;
an engine arranged under the main frames;
a heat replacer equipped on a vehicle front side of the engine, the heat replacer comprising a radiator and an oil cooler; and
hanging portions holding and fastening the engine to the main frames, the hanging portions comprise:
a front hanging portion set to a front portion of the main frames; and
a rear hanging portion set to a center portion of the main frames,
wherein the front hanging portion includes a separate engine suspending bracket,
wherein the main frames include a front portion having a bulge portion on a vehicle-widthwise outer side, and one of the hanging portions is settable to the bulge portion,
wherein the engine suspending bracket is mounted on the engine by being fastened with bolts to a suspension boss portion disposed integrally with one of a crankcase and a cylinder block, and mounted on the vehicle body frame by being fastened with bolts to a bracket installation surface disposed integrally with a distal end of the bulge portion of the main frames,
wherein the engine suspending bracket overlaps a part of the engine in a vehicle side view, and
wherein the engine suspending bracket has an inner surface having a gap with a cylinder and a cylinder head of the engine in a vehicle top view, the inner surface guiding heat generated in the radiator to a rear side of a vehicle body, and the engine suspending bracket has an inner surface shape formed expanding outward.

US Pat. No. 10,167,053

BICYCLE DRIVE UNIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle drive unit comprising:a transmission having a plurality of gear shift stages; and
a motor configured to transmit torque to the transmission,
the transmission comprises
a first input side rotating body and a second input side rotating body rotatably disposed around a first rotational axis;
a first output side rotating body rotatably disposed around a second rotational axis that is parallel to the first rotational axis, and coupled to the first input side rotating body;
a second output side rotating body rotatably disposed around the second rotational axis and coupled to the second input side rotating body;
an output unit configured to receive rotation of the first output side rotating body and the second output side rotating body; and
a switching mechanism configured to switch between a first state in which the rotation of the first input side rotating body is transmitted to the output unit, and a second state in which the rotation of the second input side rotating body is transmitted to the output unit;
the output unit being configured to receive only torque from the motor via the first input side rotating body and the second input side rotating body, and
the output unit being configured such that torque outputted from the output unit merges with a manual drive force in a drive force transmission path from the output unit to a wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,050

ELECTRIC ASSIST DEVICE FOR A BICYCLE AND BICYCLE EQUIPPED WITH SUCH A DEVICE

Compagnie Generale des Et...

1. An electrical assistance device for a bicycle, the device comprising:an electrical machine that includes a support arm and a rotor shaft, wherein the rotor shaft supports a drive roller via a free-wheel member, wherein the support arm includes a pivot shaft that is mountable on the bicycle, wherein a pivot axis of the pivot shaft is located at a distance from an axis of the rotor shaft, and wherein the support arm is pivotable in a first pivoting direction in order to place the drive roller in contact with an annular contact region of a wheel of the bicycle when in a driving position for a forward movement, and is pivotable in a second pivoting direction to a separated position in order to separate the drive roller from the annular contact region when not in a driving position for forward movement;
a restoring device that acts on the support arm in the first pivoting direction;
an actuatable positioner that holds the support arm releasably in the separated position of the drive roller; and
a controller that controls operation of the electrical machine,
wherein the controller supplies the electrical machine with electrical energy to produce a motive torque in a direction of the wheel of the bicycle being driven in the forward movement via a free-wheel member and the drive roller, and
wherein the controller delivers an electrical pulse to the electrical machine to produce a reaction torque in a direction opposite to the direction of the motive torque when the bicycle is not being driven in the forward movement, causing the support arm to pivot in the second pivoting direction, and causing actuation of the positioner.

US Pat. No. 10,167,048

POWER STORAGE DEVICE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A power storage device comprising:a storage battery;
a mount that detachably mounts the power storage device on a motor-driven moving object having a motor;
an output controller that controls output of driving power from the storage battery to the motor; and
a controller programmed to, when the motor-driven moving object is within a particular area, cause the output controller to reduce the driving power supplied from the power storage device to the motor, compared to the driving power when the motor-driven moving object is outside the particular area,
wherein the output controller and the controller are provided in the power storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,167,047

BICYCLE DRIVE UNIT

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A bicycle drive unit comprising:a crankshaft;
a housing includes a synthetic resin first portion, a synthetic resin second portion and a metallic third portion, the synthetic resin first portion including a first axle bearing portion that rotatably supports a first end of the crankshaft, the synthetic resin second portion including a second axle bearing portion that rotatably supports a second end of the crankshaft, the metallic third portion disposed in between the synthetic resin first portion and the synthetic resin second portion, the metallic third portion defining an internal space of the housing along with the synthetic resin first portion and the synthetic resin second portion;
an output unit coaxially disposed on the second end of the crankshaft and operatively coupled to the crankshaft to receive rotation of the crankshaft;
an electric motor disposed in the internal space of the housing and being in contact with the metallic third portion, the electric motor further being operatively coupled to the output unit to transmit rotation of the electric motor to the output unit; and
a control board disposed in the internal space of the housing and electrically coupled to the electric motor, the control board being mounted on the metallic third portion.

US Pat. No. 10,167,046

VEHICLE WITH WEIGHT-BASED DRIVE MECHANISM

Cyclazoom, LLC, Evanston...

1. A vehicle, comprising:a frame;
a seat mounted to said frame;
a wheel rotatably mounted on said frame and having an axle;
a main drive sprocket plate spaced apart from said axle of said wheel;
a drive chain that couples said main drive sprocket plate to said axle of said wheel such that rotation of said main drive sprocket plate causes rotation of said axle of said wheel and thus rotation of said wheel, said drive chain passing around said axle of said wheel;
at least one drive mechanism that causes rotation of said main drive sprocket plate and thereby cause rotation of said wheel;
each of said at least one drive mechanism comprising:
an arm pivotally attached at a first end region to said frame to pivot about a fixed pivot axis relative to said frame;
a weight arranged on said arm at an opposite, second end region;
a pedal attached to said weight, said pedal and thus said weight being movable by a user of the vehicle when present in said seat to cause pivoting of said arm; and
an energy transfer system that converts pivotal movement of said arm about the fixed pivot axis into motive power to rotate said main drive sprocket plate and thus said wheel,
said energy transfer system comprising:
an overrunning clutch mechanism having an outer ring and an inner ring configured such that rotation of said outer ring in a first direction causes rotation of said inner ring while rotation of said outer ring in a second, opposite direction does not cause rotation of said inner ring, said inner ring being motively coupled to said drive chain such that rotation of said inner ring causes movement of said drive chain and results in rotation of said wheel; and
an elongate link having a first end region that moves when said pedal moves and a second, opposite end region coupled to said outer ring, pivotal movement of said arm causing pulling of said link and rotation of said outer ring in the first direction; and
a roller attached to said frame and over which said link passes.

US Pat. No. 10,167,045

POLE PROPELLED VELOCIPEDE

1. A two-wheeled vehicle comprising:a forward structural member supported by a front wheel rotatably mounted thereto, the forward structural member pivotally connected to a rearward structural member supported by a rear wheel rotatably mounted thereto, the front wheel pivotable about a substantially vertical steering axis, the steering axis and a point-of-contact of the rear wheel with the ground defining a first plane, the steering axis and a point-of-contact of the front wheel with the ground defining a second plane, the point-of-contact of the front wheel with the ground and the point-of-contact of the rear wheel with the ground defining a longitudinal axis, the first plane and the second plane capable of an alignment on the longitudinal axis whereby the front wheel aligns with the rear wheel;
a first support means attached to the rearward structural member in a fixed, non-rotatable position relative to the steering axis and rearward of the steering axis, configured to support a body mass of the rider above the longitudinal axis disposed symmetrically on opposing sides of the first plane, wherein a first center-of-mass forms that includes the body mass of the rider;
a second support means attached to the forward structural member extending forward of the steering axis disposed symmetrically on opposing sides of the second plane, and configured to support a weight of feet and legs of the rider at a fixed location relative to the forward structural member, wherein a second center-of-mass forms that includes the weight of the feet and the legs of the rider; and
at least one accessory contact means attached to the vehicle capable of bracing the rider and configured to contact a part of a body of the rider other than a hand or an upper limb;
wherein when the rider tilts the vehicle in a direction, the first center-of-mass rotates about the longitudinal axis, and the second center-of-mass rotates about the steering axis causing the front wheel to pivot about the steering axis and steers the vehicle in the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,044

NON-METALLIC BRACKET

Shimano Inc., Osaka (JP)...

1. A non-metallic bracket for a bicycle hydraulic component, the non-metallic bracket comprising:a non-metallic body having a hydraulic hose attachment port and an internal fluid passage, the hydraulic hose attachment port having an insertion opening disposed at an exterior surface of the non-metallic body and an internal attachment bore extending from the insertion opening towards the internal fluid passage, the internal attachment bore of the hydraulic hose attachment port including an internal screw thread portion that threadedly receives a hose fastening fitting; and
a force receiving member, provided to the non-metallic body, so as to receive force applied to the non-metallic body in an area of the hydraulic hose attachment port caused by screwing the hose fastening fitting into the internal screw thread portion of the non-metallic body, the force receiving member including a tubular insert disposed in the internal attachment bore of the hydraulic hose attachment port, the tubular insert having a bushing contact surface that at least partially faces in an axial direction of the internal attachment bore of the hydraulic hose attachment port; wherein the bushing contact surface limits insertion of a bushing, located adjacent the tubular insert, in a direction towards the internal fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,167,043

VEHICLE

YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle comprising:a body frame;
a right front wheel and a left front wheel aligned side by side in a left-and-right direction of the body frame;
a right brake that applies a brake force to the right front wheel;
a left brake that applies a brake force to the left front wheel;
a brake operator that operates at least one of the right brake and the left brake;
a grip that a rider grips; and
a steering force transmission that transmits a steering force from the grip to the right front wheel and the left front wheel, the steering force transmission including:
a steering shaft that turns about an intermediate turning axis which extends in an up-and-down direction of the body frame;
a handlebar located at an upper portion of the steering shaft and the grip is located on at least one end of the handlebar; and
a tie rod that transmits a turning motion of the steering shaft to the right front wheel and the left front wheel; wherein
a rubber damper that suppresses the transmission of vibration, which is due to a difference between a frictional force that is generated between the right front wheel and a corresponding road surface and a frictional force that is generated between the left front wheel and a corresponding road surface, to the grip is provided in the steering force transmission.

US Pat. No. 10,167,042

CLUTCH CONTROL SYSTEM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

11. A clutch control apparatus comprising:a clutch lever supported so as to be rotatable about a rotary shaft;
operation amount detector to detect an operation amount of said clutch lever; and
a reaction force applying device configured to apply operation reaction force to said clutch lever, the reaction force applying device including a spring as a reaction force generation source,
wherein said reaction force applying device includes a plurality of reaction force generation cylinders arranged parallel to one another,
each of said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders includes a cylinder body accommodating a spring,
each of the springs of said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders has a different load characteristic from one another, and
said clutch lever includes an input/output arm extending from the vicinity of said rotary shaft toward an input/output part of each of said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders, to allow transmission of operating force and reaction force between said clutch lever and said reaction force applying device,
wherein:
said clutch lever is attached in front of a handlebar of a vehicle by a clamp-type lever holder; and
said plurality of reaction force generation cylinders are provided in the front of said handlebar and includes an upper cylinder and a lower cylinder, the upper cylinder being located above the lower cylinder.

US Pat. No. 10,167,041

BICYCLE OPERATING DEVICE

SHIMANO INC., Sakai (JP)...

1. A bicycle operating device comprising:a base member configured to be mounted to a free end of a bicycle handlebar, the base member having a longitudinal axis defined along a center axis of the free end of the bicycle handlebar in a mounting state where the base member is mounted to the free end of the bicycle handlebar, the base member including a cylinder bore having a cylinder center axis, the cylinder bore being at least partly arranged in the bicycle handlebar in the mounting state, the base member including a proximal portion extending within an interior of the bicycle handlebar in the mounting state, the proximal portion being disposed farther from the free end of the bicycle handlebar than the cylinder bore and having a center axis;
an operating member pivotally coupled to the base member about a pivot axis, the cylinder center axis being inclined relative to the longitudinal axis by an inclination angle equal to or larger than 4 degrees and inclined relative to the center axis of the proximal portion of the base member; and
a piston movably provided in the cylinder bore and operatively coupled to the operating member to move in the cylinder bore in response to a pivotal movement of the operating member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,040

BICYCLE SUSPENSION STEM WITH INTEGRATED PIVOT

Redshift Sports LLC, Phi...

1. A bicycle suspension stem mountable between a steerer tube of a fork and a handlebar to secure the handlebar to a bicycle, the bicycle suspension stem comprising:a static part configured to connect to a steerer of a bicycle fork, the static part comprising a connection portion and a protrusion portion having an end disposed away from the connection portion;
a suspended part rotatably connected to the static part and configured to connect to a handlebar;
a biasing member disposed between the protrusion portion and an inside surface of the suspended part to resist rotation of the suspended part about an axis of rotation; and
a wedge connected to said end of the protrusion portion to secure the biasing member between the protrusion and the inside surface of the suspended part and to limit rotational movement of the suspended part.

US Pat. No. 10,167,039

RIDER SAFETY SYSTEM FOR A MOTORCYCLE

1. A rider safety system, comprising:a handlebar assembly, comprising:
a handlebar mount comprising:
a handlebar mount first side;
a handlebar mount second side; and,
a handlebar mount third side;
a post secured at a post first end to said handlebar mount second side extending away from said handlebar mount second side;
a quick-connect fastener assembly secured to said post at a post second end opposite said handlebar mount second side;
a first handlebar having a first handlebar first end and a first handlebar second end; and,
a second handlebar having a second handlebar first end and a second handlebar second end;
wherein said first handlebar first end and said second handlebar first end are secured to said quick-connect fastener assembly;
at least one foot peg assembly, comprising:
a foot peg mount;
a fixed arm, having a fixed arm first end secured to said foot peg mount;
an extendable arm, having an extendable arm first end slidably engaging a fixed arm second end; and,
a foot peg affixed to an extendable arm second end;
wherein said handlebar mount is configured to be secured to a motorcycle frame; and,
wherein said foot peg mount is configured to be secured to said motorcycle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,167,038

SELF-BALANCING SCOOTER WITH FOLDABLE FOOTHOLD FOR ADDITIONAL RIDER

ROBO3 CO., LTD., Seoul (...

1. A self-balancing scooter with a foldable foothold for an additional rider comprising:a housing;
a controller mounted inside the housing for controlling running and direction change;
motors respectively mounted at both sides of the housing;
wheels respectively mounted on shafts of the motors;
a battery mounted on a bottom surface of the housing;
a riding board mounted on an upper part of the housing for allowing a main rider to put his or her feet thereon;
a foldable foothold attached to a side wall of the riding board and configured to be folded on an upper surface of the riding board for a single rider and to be unfolded and disposed at a rear of the riding board for allowing an additional rider to put his or her feet on the unfolded foldable foothold;
casters mounted at one side of the foldable foothold;
a fitting hole formed at another side of the foldable foothold; and
a bracket assembled to the fitting hole through a rotary shaft and attached to the side wall of the riding board, the bracket having assembly holes.

US Pat. No. 10,167,037

HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTIVE MOTION APPARATUS

HANGZHOU CHIC INTELLIGENT...

1. A human-machine interactive motion apparatus comprising:a first frame and a second frame rotatable relative to each other;
a rotating mechanism disposed between the first frame and the second frame to rotatably connect the first frame to the second frame;
a rotation stop member fixed on at least one of the first frame and the second frame; and
a function extension member rotatably connected to the rotation stop member;
wherein the function extension member is connected to the rotation stop member in a stop connection manner to limit a rotation angle of the function extension member relative to the at least one of the first frame and the second frame;
the rotating mechanism comprises a stop shaft disposed between the first frame and the second frame configured to limit a maximum rotation angle between the first frame and the second frame.

US Pat. No. 10,167,036

ELECTRIC BALANCE VEHICLE

HANGZHOU CHIC INTELLECTUA...

1. An electric balance vehicle, comprising:a top cover;
a bottom cover;
an inner cover fixed between the top cover and the bottom cover, the inner cover comprising a first inner cover and a second inner cover rotatable relative to each other;
a rotating mechanism fixed between the first inner cover and the second inner cover;
two wheels rotatably fixed at two sides of the inner cover, respectively;
two hub motors fixed in the two wheels, respectively;
a plurality of sensors;
a power supply; and
a controller, wherein the controller is electrically connected with the plurality of sensors, the power supply, and the hub motors, and the controller controls the hub motors to drive the two wheels to rotate according to signals from the plurality of sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,167,035

BLOW MOLDED TOY CYCLE

Custom-Pak, Inc., Clinto...

1. A blow molded toy cycle comprising:a body having a seating surface and an arm;
said arm having a hole with a first axis, said hole defining a female bearing area with a first tapered section and a first recess section, a taper of said first tapered section disposed at an angle with respect to said first axis, said first recess section located adjacent to said first tapered section;
a fork having a shaft at a proximal end, said shaft having a second axis passing through a center of said shaft;
a male bearing area located on said shaft, said male bearing area having a second tapered section;
a protrusion section on said shaft located adjacent to said male bearing area;
said male bearing area adapted to contact said female bearing area when said shaft is inserted into said female bearing area such that said first and second tapered sections are in contact and said protrusion section on said shaft contacts said body at said arm adjacent to said female bearing area and said protrusion section is in contact with said first recess section;
said protrusion section adapted to lock said fork to said body when said protrusion section is in contact with said first recess section.

US Pat. No. 10,167,034

VEHICLE WITH A SLOPING STEERING COLUMN

1. A scooter type vehicle comprising:a deck suitable for supporting a user directly or indirectly and having a support plane and a longitudinal axis;
tail gear having a single contact device;
a steering assembly comprising at least one steering column having a first axis, the steering column being mounted to pivot relative to the deck about the first axis, the first axis and the support plane forming a first angle;
nose gear having at least first and second ground contact device;
the nose gear being pivotally mounted relative to the deck about a second axis;
the steering column being arranged so that pivoting the steering column about the first axis causes the nose gear to pivot about the second axis;
the first axis and the second axis sloping relative to each other and defining a second angle; and
the second axis sloping relative to the support plane of the deck, the second axis and the support plane forming a third angle, the third angle being an obtuse angle;
wherein the first angle is not variable while the vehicle is in use, and wherein the deck tilts about the longitudinal axis towards a center of rotation of the vehicle when the steering column is pivoted about the first axis.

US Pat. No. 10,167,033

AIRFLOW SHAPING ENCLOSURE REDUCING DRAG BEHIND CYCLIST

1. An airflow shaping enclosure mounted behind a cyclist, the enclosure having a front width profile substantially matching a width of the cyclist's lower back, hips and buttocks, a front height substantially midway between the cyclist's waist and shoulder height, a shape tapered from a maximum area cross sectional area at a front to a minimum cross sectional area at a rear, and a top of the enclosure is located entirely above a plane defined by a back of the cyclist.

US Pat. No. 10,167,030

MOUNTABLE MAGNETIC RETRACTABLE TETHERED PUCK FOR TWO WHEELED VEHICLES

Cindy Smith, Cocoa, FL (...

1. A retractable kickstand support apparatus for two wheeled vehicles comprising:a removable base plate having a magnet, the base plate having a deployed position for being magnetically attachable about an underside of a kickstand of a two-wheeled vehicle;
a cord having one end attached to the base plate and a second end;
a mount for releasably attaching the second end of the cord to be adjacent to handlebars of the two-wheeled vehicle; and
a spring in the mount for automatically retrieving the cord from an extended position to a retracted position, the retracted position of the cord allows the base plate to be attached to the mount, wherein the cord in the extended position allows the base plate to be positioned underneath the kickstand in order to provide stability to the two-wheeled vehicle when the kickstand is lowered.

US Pat. No. 10,167,029

RUBBER CRAWLER

BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, ...

1. A rubber crawler, comprising a crawler main body formed of vulcanized rubber, a ridge protruding radially inward from an inner circumferential surface of the crawler main body, an adhesive means entirely located on an inner circumferential surface of the ridge, and projections formed of vulcanized rubber and attached via the adhesion means to the ridge, wherein the inner circumferential surface of the ridge and the adhesive means have the same width in a widthwise direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,028

SPARE TIRE PRESENTATION APPARATUS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A spare tire presentation apparatus for a motor vehicle, comprising:a base;
a four bar linkage connecting said base to the motor vehicle, said four bar linkage including a first bar, a second bar, a third bar and a fourth bar wherein all four bars are unconnected from one another; and
a sliding platform supported on said base.

US Pat. No. 10,167,026

SPOILER ARRANGEMENT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A spoiler arrangement for a motor vehicle comprising:a carrier configured to attached on a body of the motor vehicle; and
a lamella arranged on the carrier, the lamella including an elongated elastic bending rod and at least one surface segment;
wherein the surface segment is connected to the bending rod along a side edge.

US Pat. No. 10,167,025

SLIDABLE CONVEYANCE ASSEMBLY

CURRENTWRX, LLC, St. Geo...

1. A device, comprising:a first support channel, defined by a first support side, and including a first primary support bearing and a first tertiary support bearing; and
a first slide channel, defined by a first slide side, and including a first primary slide bearing and a first tertiary slide bearing,
wherein, in an assembled state, the first slide channel fits around the first support channel such that:
the first primary support bearing contacts the first slide side and the first primary slide bearing contacts the first support side such that the first slide channel is configured to slide longitudinally with respect to the first support channel; and
the first tertiary support bearing contacts the first slide channel and the first tertiary slide bearing contacts the first support channel to restrict lateral transition of the first slide channel with respect to the first support channel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,024

PANEL MEMBER, PRESS MOLD, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PANEL MEMBER

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A panel member, comprising:first wall portions that form undulations of a waved plate section molded from a fiber reinforced plastic material; and
second wall portions that configure upper and lower end portions in a wave height direction of the waved plate section, and that are connected to the first wall portions by bent portions, wherein:
the second wall portions each include a general portion extending along a wavelength direction of the waved plate section, and the general portions are set with a thinner plate thickness than the first wall portions;
an array direction of reinforcing fibers disposed in the general portions is set in a direction running along the wavelength direction of the waved plate section; and
extension portions extend out from the bent portions at an opposite side to a first wall portion side, and the extension portions are integrally formed with the bent portions.

US Pat. No. 10,167,022

VEHICULAR UNDERFRAME STRUCTURE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A vehicular underframe structure comprising:a lower panel including a composite material and having a central portion curved upwards along a longitudinal direction thereof;
an upper panel including a composite material and combined on the lower panel wherein an undersurface thereof faces an upper surface of the lower panel with an internal compartment formed therebetween; and
a rib portion provided in the internal compartment and having a lower rib integrally protruding upwards from the upper surface of the lower panel and an upper rib integrally protruding downwards from the undersurface of the upper panel.

US Pat. No. 10,167,020

ROOF SEGMENT FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A ROOF SEGMENT

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method for producing a roof segment for a vehicle that has a front windscreen and a rear window, the method comprising:forming the roof segment as a flat base element with a wall configured to extend from the front windscreen to the rear window;
forming the wall from a single, plastically deformed starting material;
forming a closed hollow cross section; and
enclosing one or more cavities with the wall.

US Pat. No. 10,167,019

AUTOMOBILE VEHICLE BODY AND AUTOMOBILE VEHICLE BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. An automobile vehicle body in which a lower skeleton, formed into a bathtub shape using a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), comprises a vehicle body floor a front wall that rises from a front end of the vehicle body floor, a rear wall that rises from a rear end of the vehicle body floor, and a pair of side members that are connected to upper faces of vehicle width direction opposite side parts of the vehicle body floor, and an upper skeleton, connected to the lower skeleton, comprises a roll bar formed into an inverted U-shaped using a CFRP and having a lower end thereof joined to an upper face of the side member via a metal joint,wherein the metal joint is divided into an upper joint that is fixed to the side member and supports the lower end of the roll bar and a lower joint that is fixed to the vehicle body floor,
the upper joint comprises an upper wall, a vehicle width direction inner wall and a vehicle width direction outer wall that are fitted to an upper face, an inside face, and an outside face of the side member respectively, and the upper joint is further divided into an inside and an outside in the vehicle width direction and supports the lower end of the roll bar so as to sandwich the lower end from the inside and the outside in the vehicle width direction,
the lower joint comprises a lower wall and a vehicle width direction outer wall that are joined to a lower face and a vehicle width direction outer face of the vehicle body floor respectively, the vehicle width direction outer wall of the upper joint and the vehicle width direction outer wall of the lower joint are fastened by a first bolt, and the vehicle width direction inner wall of the upper joint and the inside face of the side member are fastened by a second bolt.

US Pat. No. 10,167,018

AUXILIARY FRAME FOR A VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN AUXILIARY FRAME

Volkswagen AG, (DE)

1. A subframe for a vehicle for supporting at least one wheel-controlling component, the subframe comprising:at least one shell element; and
at least one mount section for the mounting of a transverse link element,
wherein a first subsection of the mount section has at least one first passage opening for receiving a fastener for the transverse link element,
wherein a further subsection of the mount section is bent relative to the first subsection,
wherein the mount section has an embossment, and
wherein the embossment is arranged in an end region of the first subsection and in an edge region of the bend section.

US Pat. No. 10,167,016

VEHICLE WITH PARK ASSIST

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:motor(s), steering, sensors, processor(s) configured to:
(a) load a stored parking spot;
(b) via the sensors, generate a map comprising the stored parking spot;
(c) intersect virtual segments with intersection points on the map such that two of the virtual segments intersect one of the intersection points;
(d) compare a current heading, based on (c), to a desired heading, based on (a);
(e) automatically steer the vehicle based on (d).

US Pat. No. 10,167,015

SYSTEM FOR RETROFITTING VEHICLE AUTOMATION

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. An autonomous vehicle retrofit system comprising:a central computer; and
a braking interface configured to decelerate a wheel of a vehicle via actuation of a brake caliper, the braking interface comprising:
a brake pedal,
a first master cylinder assembly mechanically coupled between the brake pedal and the brake caliper such that actuation of the brake pedal causes actuation of the first master cylinder assembly;
a first hydraulic brake line hydraulically coupled to the first master cylinder assembly such that actuation of the first master cylinder assembly causes an increase in hydraulic fluid pressure in the first hydraulic brake line;
a second master cylinder assembly coupled between the central computer and the brake caliper such that the central computer controls actuation of the second master cylinder assembly;
a second hydraulic brake line hydraulically coupled to the second master cylinder assembly such that actuation of the second master cylinder assembly causes an increase in hydraulic fluid pressure in the second hydraulic brake line; and
an actuator selector hydraulically coupled to the brake caliper, further hydraulically coupled to the first hydraulic brake line and to the second hydraulic brake line, that selectively actuates the brake caliper in response to actuation of at least one of the first master cylinder assembly and the second master cylinder assembly; wherein selective actuation is determined by hydraulic fluid pressures of the first and second hydraulic brake lines
a pedal sensor, detectably coupled to the brake pedal and communicatively coupled to the central computer; wherein the pedal sensor monitors a condition of the brake pedal and communicates pedal sensor data based on the condition of the brake pedal to the central computer; wherein the central computer controls the second master cylinder assembly based on the pedal sensor data, wherein the pedal sensor data comprises a change in a position of the brake pedal per unit time; wherein the central computer controlling the second master cylinder based on the pedal sensor data comprises the central computer actuating the second master cylinder to perform emergency braking based on the change in the position of the brake pedal per unit time exceeding a threshold brake pedal rate.

US Pat. No. 10,167,014

ACTUATOR CONTROL DEVICE

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. An actuator control device for controlling an actuator generating a force that causes a steering operation mechanism of a vehicle to steer a steered wheel, comprising:an assist control circuit configured to calculate a first assist component on a basis of an operational state amount changing in accordance with an operation applied by a user to the steering operation mechanism; and
an automatic steering control circuit configured to calculate a second assist component on a basis of an environment surrounding the vehicle,
wherein:
the assist control circuit is configured to calculate the first assist component while the operational state amount is equal to or more than a first threshold value,
the automatic steering control circuit is configured to calculate the second assist component while the operational state amount is less than the first threshold value,
the automatic steering control circuit is configured to further calculate the second assist component by performing feedback control that uses a control term including at least an integral term that is obtained by accumulating an integral element on a basis of a deviation between target and actual values of a directional state amount that is a component indicative of a direction of travel of the vehicle, the target value of the directional state amount being set on a basis of the environment surrounding the vehicle,
when the operational state amount is less than the first threshold value and equal to or more than a second threshold value, the automatic steering control circuit performs a limitation process that limits the control term used in the feedback control by limiting the integral element to be added to the integral term to a zero value, such that it is harder for the control term to increase when the operational state amount is equal to or more than the second threshold value, than when the operational state amount is less than the second threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,167,013

DRIVING SUPPORT DEVICE FOR VEHICLE INCLUDING AN ELECTRIC POWER STEERING CONTROL THAT GENERATES A STEERING ASSIST TORQUE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A driving support device for a vehicle, comprising:a steering angle detection device configured to detect a steering angle (?);
a steering torque detection device configured to detect a steering torque (T);
a driving support control device configured to calculate a target steering angle (?t) corresponding to target steering angles of steered wheels of the vehicle for allowing the vehicle to travel along a target course;
an electric power steering device configured to generate a steering assist torque (Ta); and
an electric power steering control device for controlling the electric power steering device, the electric power steering control device configured to calculate a target driving support torque (Tdt) for causing the steering angle (?) to attain the target steering angle (?t), to thereby control the electric power steering device so that a driving support torque (Td) attains the target driving support torque (Tdt),
wherein the electric power steering control device is configured to:
set, as a reference steering angle (?s), one of the target steering angle (?t) and the steering angle (?) acquired when a magnitude of a difference (???t) between the steering angle (?) and the target steering angle (?t) is estimated to be less than a reference value (?0);
calculate a corrected steering angle (???s) by subtracting the reference steering angle (?s) from the steering angle (?);
calculate an indication value (Idsi) indicating an intention of a driver's steering operation, which is correlated to at least one of a first product ((???s)*T) of the corrected steering angle (???s) and the steering torque (T), a second product (d?*T) of a time derivative (d?) of the corrected steering angle (???s) and the steering torque (T), and a third product ((???s)*dT) of the corrected steering angle (???s) and a time derivative (dT) of the steering torque (T); and
correct the target steering angle (?t) based on the indication value (Idsi) so that the target driving support torque (Tdt) is corrected in accordance with the intention of the driver's steering operation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,012

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. An electric power steering device, comprising:a motor that has a stator including two independent coil windings with respect to a single rotor and causes a vehicle steering mechanism to rotate; and
a first control unit and a second control unit that are integrally connected to the motor,
wherein each of the first control unit and the second control circuit comprises:
a power supply circuit that generates a fixed voltage;
an input circuit that inputs operation information from a plurality of circuits;
a central processing unit that calculates a control amount based on information from the input circuit, detects an abnormality of the plurality of circuits or the coil windings, and performs communication with the other central processing unit;
an inverter circuit that controls power supply to the motor based on the control signal; and
a drive circuit that transmits the control signal of the central processing unit to the inverter circuit;
when the abnormality is detected in one of the first control unit and the second control unit, control of the motor is continued by the other control unit, and
wherein a first set of the central processing unit and the driver circuit of the first control unit and a second set of the central processing unit and the driver circuit of the second control unit are disposed in parallel to each other on a same substrate that is spaced apart from the inverter circuit of the first control unit and the inverter circuit of the second control unit.

US Pat. No. 10,167,011

SYSTEM FOR COMPENSATING FOR DISTURBANCE OF MOTOR FOR MOTOR DRIVEN POWER STEERING

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for compensating for disturbance of a motor for motor driven power steering, the system comprising:a feedback controller configured to output a voltage value obtained by compensating for an error between a current command value and a current output value;
a closed-loop based input prediction model unit configured to separately predict an input voltage value for the motor based on the current command value separately from the feedback controller; and
a disturbance compensating unit configured to, when there is a difference between the input voltage value predicted by the closed-loop based input prediction model unit and the voltage value output from the feedback controller, determine that the disturbance exists and perform a disturbance compensation control for the output voltage of the feedback controller,
wherein the closed loop based input prediction model unit is configured to predict the input voltage value for the motor based on the current command value, and is a combination of a motor model (Pn) and the feedback controller (C), and expressed by Equation:

wherein C represents the feedback controller and Pn represents the motor model,
wherein the disturbance compensating unit outputs a disturbance compensation value calculated by the Equation
andwherein d represents disturbance, d represents a disturbance compensation value, Pn represents a motor nominal model, C represents the feedback controller, and ? represents a disturbance compensating unit function, and
wherein the error-compensated voltage value output from the feedback controller by the disturbance compensation control by the disturbance compensating unit is input into the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,167,010

DRIVING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A driving device used as a power source of an electric power steering apparatus, the driving device comprising:a motor portion including a stator, a rotor rotatably provided inside the stator, and a shaft rotating integrally with the rotor;
a control portion provided on one side of the motor portion in an axial direction of the shaft and controlling an energization of the motor portion;
a casing having a cylindrical shape and housing the motor portion;
a first frame end located between the motor portion and the control portion and holding the control portion, the first frame end supporting the shaft;
a second frame end located on an opposite side of the motor portion from the control portion, the second frame end supporting the shaft; and
a fixation member fixing the first frame end or the second frame end to the casing,
wherein:
the first frame end or the second frame end, which is fixed to the casing, includes a plurality of first flange portions protruding outward in a radial direction of the motor portion,
the casing includes a plurality of second flange portions corresponding to the plurality of first flange portions, the plurality of second flange portions being fixed to the first flange portions by the fixation member,
the plurality of first flange portions and the plurality of second flange portions are located inside an imaginary square circumscribing the casing in cross-section perpendicular to the axial direction of the shaft,
a number of the plurality of the first flange portions is two,
the first frame end or the second frame end includes third flange portions protruding outward in the radial direction and being configured to be fixed to an external attachment object,
a number of the third flange portions is two,
at least a part of the plurality of first flange portions and at least a part of the plurality of second flange portions overlap the third flange portions in the axial direction,
each of the plurality of first flange portions includes a hole that extends in the axial direction,
the fixation member extends through the hole, and
the hole entirely overlaps one of the third flange portions in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,167,009

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM

JTEKT CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. An electric power steering system comprising:a rack shaft connected to steered wheels;
a rack housing configured to accommodate the rack shaft;
a pinion shaft provided with a pinion gear meshed with a rack gear of the rack shaft;
a speed-reducer including a worm wheel and a worm shaft, the worm wheel being connected to a portion of the pinion shaft such that the worm wheel is rotatable together with the pinion shaft in an integrated manner, the portion of the pinion shaft protruding from the rack housing, and the worm shaft being meshed with the worm wheel;
an electric motor configured to rotationally drive the worm shaft;
a speed-reducer housing configured to accommodate the speed-reducer;
a bearing disposed in the speed-reducer housing, the bearing being configured to support the pinion shaft such that the pinion shaft is rotatable; and
a seal member having an annular shape, the seal member disposed in the speed-reducer housing between the worm wheel and the pinion gear, and the seal member being configured to seal a clearance between the pinion shaft and the speed-reducer housing.

US Pat. No. 10,167,006

DOCK CART COVER

Boates LLC, Port Jeffers...

1. A dock cart cover, comprising:a lower portion;
an upper portion disposed above the lower portion;
a tensioning device coupled to the lower portion; and
a plurality of tension straps, each tension strap including:
a female fastener coupled to either the upper portion or the lower portion, and
a male fastener coupled to either the upper portion or the lower portion,
wherein the lower portion is dimensioned to fit about sides of a dock cart and the tensioning device is configured to apply tension inward about sides of the dock cart, and
wherein the plurality of tension straps in combination with the tensioning device apply a flattening tension along the upper portion located at a plane different from a plane formed by sides of the dock cart cover when in a collapsed state.

US Pat. No. 10,167,005

ROUTE EXAMINING SYSTEM AND METHOD

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:first and second detection units configured to be disposed onboard a vehicle system traveling along a route having first and second conductive tracks;
first and second detection devices coupled with the first and second detection units and disposed at spaced apart locations along a length of the vehicle system, the first detection device including a first conductive body configured to be at least one of conductively or inductively coupled with the first conductive track, the second detection device including a second conductive body configured to be at least one of conductively or inductively coupled with the second conductive track,
wherein the first and second detection units are configured to monitor one or more electrical characteristics of the first and second conductive tracks as detected by the first and second detection devices in response to a first examination signal being electrically injected into the first conductive track and in response to a second examination signal being electrically injected into the second conductive track,
wherein, the first and second detection devices are positioned onboard the vehicle system such that, while an electrical short exists between the first and second conductive tracks in a location between the first and second detection devices, the first detection device receives the first examination signal at a signal-to-noise ratio that is greater than a threshold signal-to-noise ratio but does not receive the second examination signal at the signal-to-noise ratio that is greater than the threshold signal-to-noise ratio, and the second detection device receives the second examination signal at the signal-to-noise ratio that is greater than the threshold signal-to-noise ratio but does not receive the first examination signal at the signal-to-noise ratio that is greater than the threshold signal-to-noise ratio,
wherein, the first and second detection devices are positioned onboard the vehicle system such that, while the electrical short does not exist between the first and second conductive tracks in the location between the first and second detection devices, the first detection device and the second detection device receive each of the first examination signal and the second examination signal at the signal-to-noise ratio that exceeds the threshold signal-to-noise ratio; and
an identification unit including one or more processors configured to determine that a section of the route includes the electrical short responsive to the one or more electrical characteristics monitored by the first and second detection units indicating that the first examination signal is received by only the first detection device at the signal-to-noise ratio that exceeds the threshold signal-to-noise ratio and the second examination signal is received by only the second detection device at the signal-to-noise ratio that exceeds the threshold signal-to-noise ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,167,004

SENSOR SYSTEM

General Electric Company,...

1. A system comprising:sensors configured to be disposed onboard vehicles in a vehicle system and to sense one or more characteristics of the vehicles; and
one or more of a controller or a control system configured to receive data representative of the one or more characteristics from the sensors,
wherein the sensors are configured to synchronously communicate the data from the sensors disposed onboard the same vehicle with respect to the sensors disposed onboard the same vehicle, and
wherein the sensors are configured to asynchronously communicate the data from the sensors disposed onboard different vehicles of the vehicles in the vehicle system.

US Pat. No. 10,167,003

AUTOMATED RAIL INSPECTION SYSTEM

voestalpine SIGNALING USA...

1. A method of mitigating long term effects of strain gage drift, the method comprising:a) receiving a plurality of strain measurements from a strain gage positioned on a rail at a data acquisition module of a field sensor system, the data acquisition module electrically connected to the strain gage, the plurality of strain measurements being sampled at a sampling rate and including a strain spike experienced when the rail transitions from tension to compression or compression to tension in a longitudinal direction due to thermal deformation;
b) identifying, via a microprocessor of the field sensor system, a particular strain measurement from the plurality of strain measurements corresponding to the strain spike, the microprocessor in communication with the data acquisition module;
c) comparing, via the microprocessor, the strain spike to other spikes in the plurality of strain measurements to ensure the strain spike corresponds with the rail transitioning from tension to compression or compression to tension in a longitudinal direction due to thermal deformation;
d) calibrating, via the microprocessor, the strain gage based on the particular strain measurement; and
e) re-calibrating the strain gage based on a subsequent performance of steps a), b), c), and d).

US Pat. No. 10,167,002

METER GAUGE POWER BOGIE AND METER GAUGE VEHICLE

CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd., ...

1. A meter gauge power bogie, comprising two wheelsets arranged in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle body, a framework arranged on the wheelsets, wherein the wheelset comprises an axle extending along a width of the vehicle body and wheels press-fitted with the axle and located at both ends of the axle, wherein the meter gauge power bogie further comprises:a driving device, comprising a rolling axial suspension box enclosing the axle between the two wheels, wherein the rolling axial suspension box is mounted on the axle via a rolling bearing; a traction motor is arranged on a front side or a rear side of the rolling axial suspension box, and a gearbox is arranged between ends of the traction motor and the rolling axial suspension box at the same side and the corresponding wheel; the rolling axial suspension box is fixedly connected with a housing of the traction motor, the rolling axial suspension box and the housing of the traction motor are respectively fixedly connected with a box body of the gearbox; the housing of the traction motor is connected with the framework via a motor derrick; a first gear and a second gear are at least provided within the gearbox, the first gear is press-fitted with a motor shaft of the traction motor, and the second gear is press-fitted with the axle, wherein, every two of the gearbox box body, the traction motor and the rolling axial suspension box are connected with a bolt; and a dynamic sealing structure is arranged between the gearbox box body and the axle, the dynamic sealing structure is a rotatable dynamic seal.

US Pat. No. 10,167,000

FUEL SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR A LOCOMOTIVE

Progress Rail Lovomotive ...

1. A locomotive comprising:an undercarriage;
an engine rigidly supported on the undercarriage; and
a fuel supply system for supplying fuel to the engine, the fuel supply system comprising:
a first enclosure disposed on an underside of the undercarriage and configured to extend partway along a length of the undercarriage, the first enclosure designated to store a first type of fuel therein; and
a second enclosure located adjacent to the first enclosure and configured to extend parallelly with respect to the undercarriage, the second enclosure designated for enclosing components configured for supplying a second type of fuel to the engine of the locomotive, wherein the components for supplying the second type of fuel include at least:
an electric motor;
a first pump coupled to the electric motor, the first pump configured to:
receive the second type of fuel from a fuel tender located adjacent to the locomotive; and
pressurize the second type of fuel for supplying to the engine; and
at least one vaporizer system disposed downstream of the first pump for vaporizing the second type of fuel before being supplied to the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,166,998

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An image processing device that generates a display image and is applied to a driving assistance system, which includes:a driving assistance device that detects a relative position of a lane marking arranged on a traveling road with respect to a vehicle and assists a driving of the vehicle based on a detected positional information; and
a head-up display device that projects a display image on a projection area arranged on the vehicle to visually recognize a virtual image of the display image,
the image processing device comprising:
an acquisition device that acquires the positional information; and
a generation device that generates the display image including a predetermined display element, wherein:
the generation device generates the display image to visually recognize the display element at a position associated with the positional information acquired by the acquisition device and to visually recognize the display element as a shape inclined toward the vehicle from the lane marking; and
the generation device generates the display image to vary a shape of the display element according to a detection accuracy of the relative position detected by the driving assistance device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,997

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method for decelerating a vehicle, the method comprising:monitoring a state of a driver of the vehicle;
causing a notification that indicates the state of the driver to be output based on the monitored state of the driver, the notification being presented to a person inside the vehicle that is not the driver;
determining, by circuitry of an information processing apparatus and when operating in a manual operation mode, whether to cause the vehicle to decelerate based on whether a first instruction to stop the vehicle is received in response to the notification that is output to the person inside the vehicle; and
causing, by the circuitry, the vehicle to decelerate based on the determination of whether to cause the vehicle to decelerate, wherein
the notification is presented by a light that emits a predetermined color based on the monitored state of the driver.

US Pat. No. 10,166,996

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADAPTIVELY COMMUNICATING NOTICES IN A VEHICLE

1. An indication system of a vehicle, comprising:one or more processors;
a memory communicably coupled to the one or more processors and storing:
an orientation module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to, in response to receiving a notice about an occurrence of an event when the vehicle is opertating according to an automomous mode, determine a viewing orientation of a passenger in the vehicle according to at least one electronic input that indicates information about a physical position of the passenger within the vehicle including determining whether a line-of-sight of the passenger is directed to a secondary display panel which is positioned in relation to the passenger to shift the line-of-sight away from a primary direction of travel of the vehicle, and wherein the event is associated with at least one of a current location of the vehicle or operation of the vehicle,
wherein the orientation module further includes instructions to select at least one alerting device from available communication devices in the vehicle according to the viewing orientation by determining which of the available communication devices correspond with the viewing orientation of the passenger; and
a notice module including instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to control the at least one alerting device to communicate the notice to the passenger about the occurrence of the event.

US Pat. No. 10,166,995

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FEATURE ACTIVATION VIA GESTURE RECOGNITION AND VOICE COMMAND

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a wireless communication module to obtain a gesture command and a voice command from a user located outside of the vehicle;
a vehicle control system configured to:
receive the gesture command representative of motion of the user recorded by a mobile device from the mobile device communicatively coupled to the wireless communication module;
determine a vehicle feature associated with the gesture command;
activate the determined associated vehicle feature;
subsequently receive the voice command from a microphone; and
supplement the activated vehicle feature based on the voice command.

US Pat. No. 10,166,994

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE OPERATING STATUS ASSESSMENT

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer-implemented method for real-time determination of the status of autonomous operation features of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle, comprising:monitoring, by one or more processors, the operation of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle to obtain operating data from one or more autonomous operation features;
determining, by one or more processors, an operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features of the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon the operating data;
determining, by one or more processors, a change in the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features based upon the determined operating status by comparing the operating status with a previous operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features, wherein the change in operating status indicates an impairment of operation of the one or more autonomous operation features;
determining, by one or more processors, a risk level associated with operation of the one or more autonomous operation features based upon the impairment;
when the risk level exceeds a threshold, implementing, by one or more processors, an action to reduce a risk associated with operation of the vehicle;
generating, by one or more processors, a report containing information regarding the change in the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features;
storing, in a computer-readable non-transitory memory, the report for subsequent use
determining, by one or more processors, an adjustment to a cost associated with an insurance policy associated with the autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle based upon the determined change in the operating status of the one or more autonomous operation features; and
causing, by one or more processors, the adjustment to the cost associated with the insurance policy to be implemented.

US Pat. No. 10,166,993

CUSTOMER DRIVING MODE FOR VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:memory to store restricted information including a default cabin temperature;
a vehicle module;
a gateway interface to receive a diagnostic tool; and
a processor to:
receive, from the diagnostic tool, a request including security credentials for the restricted information;
determine whether to enable the diagnostic tool to modify the default cabin temperature based on the security credentials of the request; and
control the vehicle module based on the default cabin temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,166,992

IMPAIRMENT EVALUATION SYSTEM

1. A system for use in a motor vehicle, the system configured to administer an impairment evaluation, the system comprising:a database;
a plurality of impairment events stored in the database, wherein each of the plurality of impairment events includes a geographic location of a place and a time period;
an electronic control unit, the electronic control unit having a processor configured to process and read a computer executable instruction that, when executed, cause the electronic control unit to determine a sober driver profile, wherein the sober driver profile is determined during a predetermined period of time when any one of the plurality of impairment events is not detected, wherein a braking habit, speed and turning characteristic of the driver are recorded over the predetermined period of time to determine the sober driver profile; and
a sensor assembly, the sensor assembly detecting a location and a current driving operation of the motor vehicle after a motor vehicle stop, the sensor assembly including a speedometer, an accelerometer, a steering wheel angle sensor and a brake pad sensor detecting speed, turning and braking force of the motor vehicle;
wherein the electronic control unit also receives the current driving operation of the vehicle from the sensor assembly, compares the current driving operation of the vehicle with the sober driver profile after the motor vehicle stop, and identifies the location of the motor vehicle stop as a new impairment event and permanently stores the new impairment event in the database as one of the plurality of impairment events when the current driving operation of the vehicle deviates from the sober driver profile a predetermined amount, wherein the electronic control unit further associates the location of the motor vehicle stop within the new impairment event, and wherein every time the motor vehicle subsequently makes a stop at the location associated with the new impairment event, the electronic control unit administers a challenge to the driver after the impairment event so as to determine if the driver is impaired, wherein the electronic control unit renders the vehicle inoperable when the driver fails the challenge.

US Pat. No. 10,166,991

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF SELECTIVE SENSING MECHANISM IN VEHICULAR CROWD-SENSING SYSTEM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A processor-implemented method for obtaining data from vehicles in a geographical area, the method comprising:calculating, by a processor using a greedy algorithm, a greedy parameter value for each of a plurality of vehicles in the geographical area during a first time period, wherein the greedy parameter values calculated for the plurality of vehicles are configured for use as a selection metric useful for determining which of a subset of the plurality of vehicles to select to report event information observed by the vehicle;
selecting, by the processor, less than all and no more than a predetermined number of the plurality of vehicles having a greedy parameter value in a greedy parameter threshold range;
instructing, by the processor, only the selected vehicles to transmit observed event information while in the geographical area; and
receiving the observed event information from the selected vehicles and not receiving observed event information from the non-selected vehicles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,990

VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle comprising:an engine configured to generate a hydraulic pressure while the engine is driven;
a continuously variable transmission including a pulley and a belt, the pulley configured to rotate along with rotation of a wheel of the vehicle, the pulley configured to clamp the belt by the hydraulic pressure that is generated while the engine is driven;
an engine stop system configured to perform control to stop driving of the engine when a predetermined engine stop condition is satisfied during travel of the vehicle; and
a brake system configured to control a braking force of the wheel based on an operation state of a brake operating portion that is operated by a driver, the brake system including a braking force adjusting device, the braking force adjusting device including an actuator and an electronic control unit, the actuator configured to adjust a braking force of the wheel, the electronic control unit configured to, when the engine stop system stops the driving of the engine, control the actuator such that slip of the belt relative to the pulley becomes less than or equal to a predetermined allowable limit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,989

CLUTCH TORQUE TRAJECTORY CORRECTION TO PROVIDE TORQUE HOLE FILLING DURING A RATIO UPSHIFT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A powertrain comprising:a multiple-ratio transmission with oncoming and off-going clutches for effecting a ratio-upshift;
a torque sensor for measuring a clutch torque one of the off-going and oncoming clutches during a torque phase; and
a shift controller programmed to: release the off-going clutch if the measured clutch torque indicative of an off-going clutch torque is less than a threshold to effectuate the ratio-upshift.

US Pat. No. 10,166,988

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

GM Global Technology Oper...

15. A powertrain system including an internal combustion engine and an electric machine that are disposed to generate torque that is transferable to a vehicle driveline via a geartrain, the powertrain system comprising:a first controller disposed to control the powertrain system, the first controller including an instruction set, the instruction set executable to:
determine a desired output torque;
determine an engine torque command and an electric machine torque command based upon the desired output torque; and
operate the electric machine in response to the electric machine torque command; and
a second controller disposed to control the internal combustion engine, the second controller including an instruction set, the instruction set executable to:
determine an engine-out NOx setpoint associated with operating the engine at the desired output torque; and
operate the engine to generate torque in response to the engine torque command and control engine operation to achieve the engine-out NOx setpoint that is associated with operating the engine at the desired output torque.

US Pat. No. 10,166,987

CONTROL SYSTEM AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A system comprising:a first controller operable to assume one of a plurality of respective states, in a first state the first controller being configured automatically to cause a powertrain to develop drive torque and cause a vehicle to operate in accordance with a target speed value,the first controller being configured to receivea door state indicator signal indicative of whether a door is in an open or closed state, and
an occupant presence indicator signal indicative of whether an occupant is present in a given seat of a vehicle,
the system being configured not to permit operation of the first controller in the first state in dependence on the door state indicator signal and the occupant presence indicator signal;
wherein the system is further operational in a second state in which the controller is operable automatically to cause application of a brake to one or more wheels thereby to prevent the vehicle from exceeding the target speed value and in which the first controller is not permitted automatically to cause a powertrain to develop drive torque; and
wherein when the first controller is in the first state and the controller determines that the door state indicator signal indicates the door is not in the closed state or that the occupant presence indicator signal indicates an occupant is not present, the first controller assumes operation in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,166,986

METHOD FOR OPERATING A DRIVE DEVICE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND CORRESPONDING DRIVE DEVICE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for operating a drive device for a motor vehicle, said method comprising:during a coasting operation of the motor vehicle in which a shifting clutch is open and the internal combustion engine stands still starting the internal combustion engine in a first operating mode with the electric machine and in a second operating mode by at least partially closing the shifting clutch with a coupling torque set at the shifting clutch, thereby operatively connecting the internal combustion engine with at least one wheel,
wherein the internal combustion engine is started in the first operating mode when a predictively determined wheel slip predictive value exceeds a wheel slip setpoint value, and
wherein when the internal combustion engine is started in the second operating mode the electric machine is used for starting the internal combustion engine and for driving the at least one wheel when a wheel slip actual value exceeds the wheel slip setpoint value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,985

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE PERFORMANCE CAPABILITY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A method of controlling a vehicle, comprising:receiving, by a processor, performance information associated with at least one vehicle actuator of at least one of a brake system, a steering system, and a propulsion system, wherein the performance information includes a maximum possible authority and a maximum rate of change of the authority given a current operational status of the at least one vehicle actuator;
converting, by the processor, the performance information to an acceleration capability value based on a vehicle model;
limiting, by the processor, the acceleration capability value based on at least one of a surface mu value, tire pressure data, active suspension data, aerodynamic controls data, and electronic stability control data;
constructing, by the processor, a capability diamond based on the acceleration capability value; and
controlling, by the processor, the vehicle based on the capability diamond.

US Pat. No. 10,166,984

METHOD FOR DRIVER INFORMATION AND MOTOR VEHICLE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method to provide driver information in a motor vehicle, the method comprising:determining a route section predicted to be driven at a future time by the motor vehicle;
determining a reference speed as a function of at least one specified maximum speed through a speed limit in the predicted route section or in a partial section of the predicted route section;
determining a current actual driving speed of the motor vehicle; and
providing a target acceleration notification to notify a driver of the motor vehicle of a potential acceleration of the motor vehicle if the reference speed is greater than the current actual driving speed at least by a specified differential value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,983

PEDAL CRUISE CONTROL (PCC)

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A method for cruise control of a vehicle, comprising:determining whether the vehicle is in a cruise control mode; and
when the vehicle is in the cruise control mode, maintaining the vehicle in the cruise control mode until an exit signal is detected;
when the vehicle is not in the cruise control mode, checking for cruise conditions, which comprises detecting a throttle pedal position signal that indicates a position of a throttle pedal of the vehicle and a vehicle speed signal that indicates a vehicle speed of the vehicle, checking a throttle deviation in the throttle pedal position signal to determine a throttle stability as a first cruise condition, checking a stability of the vehicle speed of the vehicle in the vehicle speed signal as a second cruise condition, and setting a cruising speed; when both the first and second cruise conditions have been met, issuing a cruising prompt message to be perceivable by a driver of the vehicle and detecting actions of the driver including detecting whether the driver has released the throttle pedal of the vehicle after the cruising prompt message has been issued; and
in response to detecting that the driver has released the throttle pedal after the cruising prompt message has been issued, automatically entering the vehicle into the cruise control mode, and in the cruise control mode automatically controlling the vehicle speed of the vehicle to the cruising speed that was set.

US Pat. No. 10,166,982

AUTOMOBILE-SPEED CONTROL USING TERRAIN-BASED SPEED PROFILE

1. An apparatus comprising:a selection circuit configured and arranged to select at least one of a desired speed or mode for operation of a vehicle by using circuitry in the vehicle, which circuitry includes one of programmable logic circuit, discrete logic circuit, computer circuit, and a combination thereof;
the circuitry configured and arranged to respond to the selection, to terrain-based data, and to a terrain-based work function for the vehicle, wherein the terrain-based data and the terrain-based work function correspond to a selected speed range for the desired speed or mode and for a current driving type that accounts for an amount of offset in adjusting the speed of the vehicle relative to the desired speed; and
the circuitry configured and arranged to access a circuit configured to provide a status of expected energy-efficiency obstacles associated with a roadway corresponding to the terrain-based data, and in response, causing the vehicle to automatically adjust the speed of the vehicle relative to the desired speed to facilitate fuel economy based on the terrain-based data and the terrain-based work function.

US Pat. No. 10,166,980

VEHICLE MASS COMPUTATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle comprising:a drivetrain;
a collision avoidance system; and
a controller programmed to adjust activation of the collision avoidance system according to a mass of the vehicle computed from a value of torque transmitted by the drivetrain measured at a first instant when the vehicle has constant speed greater than a threshold and no acceleration, and the value of torque transmitted by, the drivetrain measured at a second instant when the vehicle is accelerating.

US Pat. No. 10,166,979

PARKING ASSIST SYSTEM AND METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A parking assist system, comprising:a rear object recognizer configured to recognize a rear object existing behind a vehicle through rear sensors;
a reversing controller configured to control the vehicle to reverse until an occupied parking space area in the parking space becomes a first reference value or more, and to end reversing control when the occupied parking space area becomes the first reference value and a distance between the vehicle and the rear object becomes less than a second reference value;
a rear object position storage configured to store position information of the rear object and increase a count, which is a number of times of ending of the reversing control, when the distance between the vehicle and the rear object is less than the second reference value and the reversing control is ended; and
a system terminator configured to end parking control when the distance between the vehicle and the rear object before increasing the count is same as a distance between the vehicle and the rear object after the count is increased.

US Pat. No. 10,166,978

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY PARKING A VEHICLE AND ASSOCIATED CONTROL DEVICE

Audi AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for automatically parking a vehicle on a parking area having a plurality of parking spaces, said method comprising:assigning a designated parking space for the vehicle by a control device, which serves as a central control point, includes sensors for detecting environmental impacts and receives environmental information via an Internet connection;
automatically driving or controlling by the control device driving of the vehicle to the designated parking space;
providing at least one environmental information for the control device;
rating the parking spaces repeatedly at specified time intervals on the basis of the at least one environmental information, with a parking space being rated suboptimal, when sunlight is intense enough to cause heat-up which exceeds a specified limit value for a vehicle interior temperature; and
re-parking by the control device a vehicle located in a parking space rated as suboptimal to a parking space rated as optimal.

US Pat. No. 10,166,976

CONNECTION OF AN AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE WITH A SECOND VEHICLE TO RECEIVE GOODS

International Business Ma...

1. A method of connecting a first autonomous vehicle with a second vehicle to control the second vehicle during the transfer of goods to the first autonomous vehicle while moving comprising the steps of:the first autonomous vehicle receiving a request from the second vehicle to connect to the second vehicle;
the first autonomous vehicle initiating control over the second vehicle, such that the first autonomous vehicle synchronizes driving control with the second vehicle;
the first autonomous vehicle initiating physical connection of the first autonomous vehicle with the second vehicle for transfer of the goods when the first and the second vehicles are in motion;
after the physical connection between the first autonomous vehicle and the second vehicle is established, the first autonomous vehicle initiating transfer of the goods from the second vehicle to the first autonomous vehicle; and
when the transfer of goods between the first autonomous vehicle and the second vehicle is complete, the first autonomous vehicle breaking the connection with the second vehicle and relinquishing control of the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,975

TRANSMISSION WITH TORQUE CONVERTER DISCONNECT CLUTCH AND ENGINE BRAKING FRICTION CLUTCH

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A transmission comprising:a housing;
a transmission input member rotatably supported by the housing;
a torque converter having a pump and a turbine, wherein the turbine is connected to the transmission input member for transferring torque therebetween;
a cover connected to and rotatable with the pump and at least partially defining an interior of the torque converter;
a torque converter input member passing through the cover and configured for attachment to a crankshaft of an engine;
a one way clutch selectively interconnecting the torque converter input member and the cover; and
an engine brake friction clutch disposed within the interior of the torque converter, and selectively interconnecting the torque converter input member and the cover in torque communication.

US Pat. No. 10,166,974

CONTROL SYSTEM OF POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM OF VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control system of a power transmission system of a vehicle, the power transmission system including an electric motor for running the vehicle, and a mechanical speed change mechanism, the mechanical speed change mechanism providing a part of a power transmission path between the electric motor and drive wheels, the control system comprising:an electronic controller including a central processing unit (CPU) and a memory;
the electronic controller being configured to:
perform regeneration control of the electric motor during a coasting of the vehicle, such that regenerative torque of the electric motor provides regenerative torque produced according to a braking operation;
perform shift control of the mechanical speed change mechanism according to a predetermined shift map;
determine whether a rate of change of the regenerative torque is within predetermined range;
execute a downshift under a condition that the downshift of the mechanical speed change mechanism is determined by the electronic controller during the coasting and the electronic controller determines that the rate of change of the regenerative torque is within the predetermined range; and
when the electronic controller determines that the rate of change of the regenerative torque is not within the predetermined range and when the downshift of the mechanical speed change mechanism is determined by the electronic controller during the coasting, the electronic controller does not execute the downshift until the electronic controller determines that the rate of change of the regenerative torque is within the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,166,973

VEHICLE AND SHIFTING CONTROL METHOD AND POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM THEREOF

BYD Company Limited, She...

1. A shifting control method for a vehicle comprising:detecting operating parameters of the vehicle, wherein the operating parameters of the vehicle comprises vehicle speed, vehicle acceleration as reflected from an accelerator-pedal signal, and a current gear of the vehicle;
determining a work mode of the vehicle; and
performing speed adjustment and shifting control to a first motor-generator of the vehicle configured to rotate together with a motor shaft of the vehicle according to the operating parameters of the vehicle and work modes to implement shifting control of the vehicle, wherein the motor shaft of the vehicle is configured to rotate together with one of input shafts, wherein the work modes comprises an electric-vehicle mode and a hybrid-electric-vehicle mode, and wherein when the work mode of the vehicle is the electric-vehicle mode, performing speed adjustment and shifting control to the first motor-generator comprises:
controlling, by an electromotor controller, to perform a first unloading of torque to the first motor-generator, after determining that a request gear sent by the electromotor controller is the same as a target gear sent by a transmission control unit;
after the first unloading of torque of the first motor-generator is finished, controlling, by the transmission control unit, a motor shaft synchronizer of the power transmission system to disconnect according to a motor speed adjustment request sent by the electromotor controller, and when the first motor-generator is at neutral, calculating, by the electromotor controller, a target shifting rotational speed of the first motor-generator and controlling, by the electromotor controller, to perform loading of torque to the first motor-generator to perform speed adjustment until a rotational speed of the first motor-generator reaches a preset rotational speed range;
controlling, by the electromotor controller, to perform a second unloading of torque to the first motor-generator until the second unloading of torque of the first motor-generator is finished, controlling, by the transmission control unit, the motor shaft synchronizer to start connecting according to the request gear sent by the electromotor controller and feeding back, by the transmission control unit, whether the request gear of the electromotor controller is shifted successfully; and
determining, by the electromotor controller, that the current gear of the first motor-generator sent by the transmission control unit is the request gear, and determining, by the electromotor controller, that the first motor-generator is shifted successfully.

US Pat. No. 10,166,972

HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONTROLLER AND METHOD

Jaguar Land Rover Limited...

1. A controller for a parallel hybrid electric vehicle having a powertrain comprising an engine, an electric propulsion motor powered by an energy storage device, and an electric generator operable to be driven by the engine to recharge the energy storage device, the controller configured to:receive one or more signals indicative of one or more operating modes in which the vehicle is to be operated at a given moment in time, the one or more operating modes being selected from a plurality of operating modes including a first operating mode being a user-selectable EV operating mode (SEV operating mode) and a second operating mode being a default hybrid operating mode (HEV operating mode) and wherein the one or more operating modes further include at least one of: one or more transmission operating modes and one or more driving operating modes, wherein in each driving operating mode each of a plurality of selected vehicle sub-systems are caused to operate in a respective one of a plurality of sub-system operating modes;
receive a signal indicative of demanded powertrain drive torque;
cause the engine and electric propulsion motor to deliver drive torque to one or more wheels to drive the vehicle in dependence on the signal indicative of demanded powertrain drive torque;
cause the powertrain to operate in a parallel powertrain mode in which, when the vehicle is operating with the engine delivering drive torque to the one or more wheels;
cause the electric propulsion motor to apply drive torque to the one or more wheels in addition to the engine, the amount of torque delivered by the electric propulsion motor being determined by the controller in dependence on the signal indicative of demanded powertrain drive torque and the one or more signals indicative of the one or more operating modes in which the vehicle is to be operated; and
cause the powertrain to operate in a parallel torque filling mode in which the powertrain causes the electric propulsion motor to apply drive torque to the one or more wheels in addition to the engine in order to meet powertrain torque demand more quickly when an amount of powertrain demanded torque is less than the maximum steady state engine torque but exceeds the instant amount of torque developed by the engine, wherein the drive torque applied by the electric propulsion motor when the powertrain is operated in the parallel torque filling mode is restricted when the vehicle is in the SEV operating mode compared to the HEV operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,166,971

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENERGY RATE BALANCING IN HYBRID AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSIONS

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A method, comprising:controlling a power source output power of a vehicle using a controller, wherein the vehicle has a drive train and a power source, and wherein the controller controls the power source and the drive train;
determining a target drive train output power using the controller, wherein the target drive train output power is determined using a command input; and
determining the power source output power using the controller, wherein the target drive train output power is derived from the power source output power; and wherein the controller determines the power source output power using one or more loss parameters and the target drive train output power;
wherein the loss parameters include a kinetic power loss, and wherein the kinetic power loss is calculated as a function of rotational inertia loss parameters within the drive train; and
wherein the loss parameters include a clutch power loss for a clutch, wherein the drive train has at least one clutch, wherein the clutch has a plurality of clutch plates, and wherein the clutch power loss is calculated as a function of clutch loss parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,166,970

CONTROL OF TORQUE TRANSMITTED TO THE DRIVING WHEEL OF A HYBRID MOTOR VEHICLE

RENAULT S.A.S., Boulogne...

1. A method for controlling a mechanical torque transmitted to at least one driving wheel of a hybrid motor vehicle by a powertrain including at least one heat engine, at least one electric motor, and a connection device allowing a coupling and a decoupling of at least the electric motor to said at least one driving wheel, the control method comprising:dividing a stroke of an acceleration pedal of the vehicle at a variable neutral point position into a first braking-adjustment stroke and a second acceleration-adjustment stroke;
determining, within the first braking-adjustment stroke in which the electric motor operates as a generator, a regenerative braking torque setpoint for the electric motor based on a depression of the accelerator pedal by a driver and based on a value of maximum energy recovery torque established based on a first function stored in a memory; and
providing the value of maximum energy recovery torque based on a speed of the vehicle,
wherein the first function assumes a value of substantially zero for an upper limit speed of the vehicle corresponding to the speed of the vehicle at the moment of coupling and decoupling of the electric motor by the connection device.

US Pat. No. 10,166,969

METHOD AND CONTROL APPARATUS FOR RECUPERATING ENERGY IN A HYBRID VEHICLE

1. A method for recuperating energy in a hybrid vehicle having an internal combustion engine, an electrical machine, an automatic stop/start apparatus configured to be automatically turned off and start the internal combustion engine under predetermined conditions, and an on-board electrical system with an energy store configured to be charged with electrical energy by the electrical machine during a recuperation operation, comprising:(a) setting a recuperation power (P_act) for the recuperation operation of the electrical machine to a first value (P_max) which allows the recuperation operation with a maximum generator capacity of the electrical machine if an actual energy level (E_act) of the energy store is lower than or equal to a threshold value (E_3);
(b) setting the recuperation power (P_act) for the recuperation operation of the electrical machine to a second value (P_lim) which is lower than the first value (P_max) and allows the recuperation operation with a reduced generator capacity of the electrical machine if the actual energy level (E_act) of the energy store is greater than the threshold value (E_3); and
(c) predicting a predicted recuperation energy (E_rec) for an actual operating state of the hybrid vehicle, the predicted recuperation energy indicating how much energy would be able to be recuperated if the hybrid vehicle were to be braked starting from a current driving state at least to a speed threshold value (v_min).

US Pat. No. 10,166,968

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COASTING DRIVE OF ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a coasting drive of an environmentally friendly vehicle, the method comprising:calculating, by a control unit, a coasting velocity of the environmentally friendly vehicle at a deceleration event point based on a target coasting distance up to the deceleration event point and a gradient at the deceleration event point;
calculating, by the control unit, a control target velocity of the environmentally friendly vehicle based on a target velocity of the environmentally friendly vehicle at the deceleration event point and the calculated coasting velocity; and
determining, by the control unit, control torque to adjust a velocity of the environmentally friendly vehicle to the target velocity to be output to a powertrain of the environmentally friendly vehicle based on the calculated control target velocity.

US Pat. No. 10,166,967

SHIFTING CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A shifting control method for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:a motor torque determination step, of determining the condition of a motor torque, by a controller, in a power-off downshift shifting process;
a gear mesh step, by the controller, of releasing a clutch of a releasing side and meshing a target shifting stage gear connected to a clutch of engaging side when the motor torque is positive (+) torque;
an assist control step, of controlling, by the controller, the motor torque to 0 Newton meter;
a rising step, by the controller, of controlling the motor speed to rise and follow a target motor speed predetermined higher than at least an input shaft speed of an engaging side after releasing the assist control; and
an engaging step, by the controller, of engaging the clutch of the engaging side by a clutch torque of the engaging side when the motor speed exceeds the input shaft speed of the engaging side.

US Pat. No. 10,166,965

METHOD FOR SELECTING A MODE OF OPERATION OF A HYBRID VEHICLE

1. A method for selecting a mode of operation of a hybrid vehicle for current operation with respect to a predetermined target criteria with a corresponding ideal power distribution in a drivetrain selected from a predetermined set of possible modes of operation of a hybridized drivetrain, comprising:determining at least one evaluation variable for each predetermined target criteria for a quantitative description of each respective target criterion;
determining possible power distributions in the drivetrain for each mode of operation of a first selection of possible modes of operation;
determining values of the evaluation variables for each one of the determined possible power distributions for each mode of operation of the first selection;
determining an ideal power distribution in the drivetrain by the determined values of the evaluation variables for the respective mode of operation;
selecting an ideal mode of operation based at least in part on the determined evaluation variables for the modes of operation of the first selection, at a respective operating point of the determined ideal power distribution; and
operating the hybrid vehicle at the selected ideal mode of operation at the respective operating point of the determined ideal power distribution.

US Pat. No. 10,166,963

SERVICE BRAKE CHAMBER MANUFACTURED WITH COMPOSITE PRESSURE HOUSING AND NON-PRESSURE HOUSING AND A CONNECTION METHOD OF THIS CHAMBER

ARFESAN ARKAN FREN ELEMAN...

1. A method for realizing a service brake chamber used in an air brake system of heavy vehicles, in which the chamber is formed by connecting a pressure housing and a non-pressure housing,wherein the method connects the pressure housing and the non-pressure housing of the service brake chamber, wherein the pressure housing and the non-pressure housing are made by composite material composed of non-metallic polymeric matrices, reinforced with glass fibers or carbon fibers and produced by a plastic injection molding process, wherein the method comprises the following steps:
compressing the pressure housing, the non-pressure housing and a diaphragm by means of a press machine;
forming keyways by aligning halves of recesses of the pressure housing with other halves of the respective recesses of the non-pressure housing by compressing the diaphragm to provide sealing;
forming at least six wedge mounting spaces during the step of compressing, wherein the wedge mounting spaces are required for an insertion of wedges in the keyways in a radial direction, wherein the wedge mounting spaces are formed simultaneously with the keyways;
placing the wedges into the wedge mounting spaces and driving the wedges to into the keyways in the radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,962

NOISE REDUCTION DEVICE FOR NEGATIVE PRESSURE LINE OF BRAKE BOOSTER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A noise reduction device for a negative pressure line of a brake booster, comprising:a housing having a main flow path through which air passes, a closing unit disposed in the main flow path, a main flow path inlet connected to a brake booster side via a first side of a vacuum hose, and a main flow path outlet connected to an engine side via a second side of the vacuum hose;
a choke valve having a flow tube coupled to the closing unit and has a choke valve aperture penetratively formed at a first side of the flow tube to have an interior flow path of the flow tube to communicate with the main flow path, and a first valve body integrally formed with the flow tube and has a choke flow path inlet formed to allow the interior flow path of the flow tube to communicate with an interior of the first side of the vacuum hose; and
a main spring which elastically supports the choke valve configured to be elastically movable forward and rearward in the housing,
wherein the choke valve is configured to move forward and rearward based on pressure at the brake booster side exerted on a front surface of the first valve body through the main flow path inlet and pressure at the engine side exerted on a rear surface of the first valve body through the main flow path outlet and the main flow path, the first valve body is configured to open and close the main flow path inlet based on a position of the choke valve in front and rear directions, and the choke valve aperture is configured to be opened and closed via the closing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,961

VACUUM SCAVENGING IN HYBRID VEHICLES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a hybrid-electric vehicle, comprising:responsive to a non tip-out condition with a throttle at least partially open, when an engine intake manifold vacuum is greater than a threshold intake manifold vacuum, opening an ejector control valve and directing engine intake air through an ejector to generate vacuum by the ejector and draw air from a brake booster independent of a brake booster vacuum; and
during other conditions, when the engine intake manifold vacuum is greater than the threshold intake manifold vacuum, closing the ejector control valve.

US Pat. No. 10,166,960

VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE VEHICLE BRAKE SYSTEM WHEN THE PARKING BRAKE FUNCTION IS ACTIVATED

Lucas Automotive GmbH, K...

1. A vehicle brake system with a hydraulically controllable disk brake device, which has an actuating piston confining an inner space and an electromechanical actuating device with a thrust piece for activating a parking brake function, wherein the vehicle brake system has a hydraulic circuit having a hydraulic pressure source and controllable hydraulic functional elements in order to hydraulically control the disk brake device for a service brake action, including according to a driver service brake activation or according to an automatic activation, wherein the vehicle brake system further comprises a control device in order to control the electromechanical actuating device for actuating the parking brake function initiated by the driver or by an automatic activation of the parking brake function,wherein the control device is designed to control at least one of the hydraulic functional elements in such a way that, before the parking brake function is activated by controlling the electromechanical actuating device, a hydraulic volume, which is currently acting on the disk brake device in order to produce a hydraulic pressure that causes the service brake action, is hydraulically isolated, wherein a volume of the inner space receiving the hydraulic volume increases by moving the actuating piston by means of the thrust piece which further acts on the disk brake device upon activating the parking brake function, wherein, corresponding to the increase of the volume of the inner space, the hydraulic pressure is reduced when the volume of the inner space increases as a function of the thrust piece further acting on the disk brake device upon activating the parking brake function, such that a hydraulic force from the hydraulic pressure and an electromechanical force from the electromechanical actuating device each provide a respective load on the disc brake device, and wherein if there is no hydraulic pressure being applied to the disk brake device, then in order to activate the parking brake function only the electromechanical actuating device is triggered.

US Pat. No. 10,166,959

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ELECTRIC BRAKE SYSTEM

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A method for diagnosing an electric brake system, which includes a reservoir configured to store oil, a master cylinder at which first and second hydraulic ports are formed, connected to the reservoir, and having one or more pistons to discharge oil according to a pedal effort of a brake pedal, a first backup flow path configured to connect the first hydraulic port to a wheel cylinder, a second backup flow path configured to connect to the second hydraulic port to a wheel cylinder, a first cut valve provided at the first backup flow path and configured to control an oil flow, a second cut valve provided at the second backup flow path and configured to control an oil flow, a simulation device provided at a flow path branching from the first backup flow path, provided with a simulator valve provided at a flow path connecting a simulation chamber in which oil is accommodated to the reservoir, and configured to provide a reaction force according to the pedal effort of the brake pedal, a hydraulic pressure supply device configured to operate in response to an electrical signal output from a pedal displacement sensor sensing a displacement of the brake pedal and generate hydraulic pressure by means of an operation of a hydraulic piston, a first hydraulic flow path connected to the hydraulic pressure supply device and to the first backup flow path, a second hydraulic flow path connected to the hydraulic pressure supply device and to the second backup flow path, a hydraulic control unit connected to the first and second hydraulic flow paths, configured to deliver the hydraulic pressure discharged from the hydraulic pressure supply device to a wheel cylinder provided at each of wheels, and including first and second hydraulic circuits connected to different wheel cylinders, a first inlet valve, a second inlet valve, a third inlet valve, and a fourth inlet valves provided at an upstream side of the wheel cylinder to control hydraulic pressure flowing to the wheel cylinder installed at each of the wheels, first to fourth outlet valves configured to control opening and blocking of a flow path branching from a flow path between the first to fourth inlet valves and the wheel cylinder to be connected to the reservoir, and an electronic control unit configured to control the hydraulic pressure supply device and a plurality of valves on the basis of hydraulic pressure information and displacement information of the brake pedal, comprising a first diagnosis mode of:closing the first cut valve and the second cut valve when the pedal effort is not provided to the brake pedal;
operating the hydraulic pressure supply device to generate hydraulic pressure at the hydraulic control unit;
measuring the hydraulic pressure in the first or second hydraulic circuit; and
comparing the measured hydraulic pressure with a first reference pressure to diagnose abnormality of the first and second cut valves, the first to fourth inlet valves, and the first to fourth outlet valves,
wherein the method further includes a second diagnosis mode of:
opening the first cut valve and the second cut valve when the pedal effort is not provided to the brake pedal.

US Pat. No. 10,166,958

SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AUTO VEHICLE HOLD FOR VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A system for controlling an auto vehicle hold (AVH) for a vehicle, the system comprising:valves mounted in a brake hydraulic circuit, the valves including a cut valve, which blocks a hydraulic pressure flowing from a master cylinder to a wheel cylinder during an operation of the AVH, an in-valve and an out-valve, which are connected to an outlet of a high-pressure accumulator adjusting a hydraulic pressure within a reservoir at a high pressure, a normal open valve, which is mounted in a brake hydraulic line extended from an outlet of the in-valve and an outlet of the cut-valve to the wheel cylinder, and a normal close valve, which is mounted on a branched line branched from the brake hydraulic line extended from the normal open valve to the wheel cylinder and includes an outlet connected to a hydraulic return line,
wherein an AVH valve for securing a long-term maintenance of an AVH function is mounted in the brake hydraulic line between the outlet of the in-valve and the outlet of the cut valve, and an inlet of the normal open valve.

US Pat. No. 10,166,957

HYDRAULIC BRAKING SYSTEM FOR A LAND CRAFT

Lucas Automotive GmbH, K...

1. A hydraulic brake system for a land vehicle, comprising:a master cylinder, which is actuable by the driver by means of a pedal by one of directly and via a brake booster disposed downstream of the pedal, for generating brake pressures in a first brake circuit and in a second brake circuit, each of which first and second brake circuits comprises at least two wheel brakes and contains hydraulic brake fluid,
an electronic control unit,
a hydraulic connection between the master cylinder and the wheel brakes that includes valve arrangements, the valve arrangements connected to the electronic control unit and operable to control one of the establishment and blocking of the hydraulic connection in dependence upon trigger signals from the electronic control unit in order to implement one of normal braking operations brought about directly by the driver and braking operations influenced by the electronic control unit in dependence upon measured variables, which are supplied to the electronic control unit and reflect the vehicle behaviour and the driver request, in that the brake pressure characteristic in the wheel brakes is varied by activating the valve arrangements associated therewith, characterized in that
the electronic control unit is devised and programmed to set a brake pressure characteristic required for a specific vehicle behaviour by supplying trigger signals, by means of which:
starting from an initial brake pressure value at an initial point of time, a pressure increase phase is implemented in the first brake unit, during which the brake pressure in the first brake circuit rises during a first time increment by a pressure increment to a first increased brake pressure value,
after attainment of the first increased brake pressure value, a pressure keeping phase is implemented in the first brake unit, during which the brake pressure in the first brake circuit is held substantially constant for the duration of a second time increment,
in parallel to the raising of the brake pressure in the first brake circuit by a pressure increment to the first increased brake pressure value, a pressure keeping phase is implemented in the second brake unit, during which the brake pressure in the second brake circuit from the initial point of time for the duration of the first time increment remains substantially constant at the initial brake pressure value,
then, beginning at the end of the first time increment, a pressure increase phase is implemented in the second brake unit, during which the brake pressure in the second brake circuit rises during the second time increment by a pressure increment to a second increased brake pressure value, and
the electronic control unit is devised and programmed to alternatingly implement the pressure increase and pressure keeping phases between the two brake circuits continuously from the end of the second time increment so as to generate a linearly-shaped brake pressure characteristic and thereby perform a smooth brake application.

US Pat. No. 10,166,955

MANUAL RELEASE DEVICE FOR PARKING LOCK MECHANISM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A manual release device for a parking lock mechanism that is configured to be switched by an actuator between a locked state and an unlocked state, the parking lock mechanism being configured to be manually switched into the unlocked state when the parking lock mechanism is in the locked state, the manual release device comprising:an operating lever;
a cable coupled to the operating lever; and
an idle motion mechanism provided between the cable and a shaft, the shaft being configured to be turned by the actuator, wherein
the idle motion mechanism includes
a body portion that is configured to turn between a normal position and an actuated position,
a lever provided on the body portion,
an urging member configured to urge the lever such that the body portion is located in the normal position, and
a contact portion provided on the shaft,
the cable is coupled to the lever,
a distal end of the lever is arranged below a turning center of the lever,
the parking lock mechanism is configured to, when the parking lock mechanism is in the locked state, be switched into the unlocked state as the body portion contacts the contact portion to cause the shaft to turn when the lever is turned against an urging force of the urging member as a result of operation of the operating lever to cause the body portion to turn from the normal position to the actuated position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,954

BRAKE-BY-WIRE SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE WITH AN ADJUSTABLE BRAKE PEDAL EMULATOR ASSEMBLY

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A brake pedal assembly comprising:a support structure;
a brake pedal pivotally engaged to the support structure at a first pivot axis; and
a brake pedal emulator assembly extending between and pivotally engaged to the brake pedal and the support structure at respective second and third pivot axis, the brake pedal emulator assembly including a brake pedal emulator and an adjustment mechanism aligned along a centerline intersecting the second and third pivot axis, and wherein the brake pedal emulator is constructed and arranged to displace axially when the brake pedal is actuated and the adjustment mechanism is constructed and arranged to adjust axial displacement, wherein the adjustment mechanism includes a threaded rod constructed and arranged to rotate about the centerline and a carriage threadably coupled to the threaded rod for axial movement along the centerline and engaged to the brake pedal emulator.

US Pat. No. 10,166,952

FLAT WIPER BLADE

1. A flat wiper blade for use in windscreen wiper modules for vehicles, comprising:a wiping rubber;
two spring rails spaced apart from one another and receiving the wiping rubber in a subsection between them, each spring rail respectively projecting over the wiping rubber on longitudinal sides of the wiper blade; and
at least one jet or injection strip provided on at least one longitudinal side of the wiper blade, having at least one injection or washing duct with a plurality of jet or injection openings for application of a washing and cleaning fluid to a vehicle windscreen,
wherein the at least one jet or injection strip is retained on external peripheries of the two spring rails using clip-like fixtures spanning the wiper blade on an upper side of the wiper blade,
wherein the clip-like fixtures are formed of a U-shaped fastening section, extending over substantially an entire length of the respective jet or injection strip and manufactured in one piece with the jet or injection strip, with which the injection strip is retained on the wiper blade in an area of one of the two spring rails and of a plurality of clips distributed in a longitudinal direction of the wiper blade, which span and secure the wiper blade and the jet or injection strip on the wiper blade.

US Pat. No. 10,166,951

WINDSHIELD WIPER CONNECTOR

1. A connector for coupling a wiper blade with a wiper arm, the connector comprising:first and second side walls spaced at a distance from each other and connected by a bridge, the first and second side walls together with the bridge defining an upper channel oriented in a longitudinal direction, the upper channel having an entry end and a curved end opposite the entry end;
a rivet passage formed into the first and second sidewalls, the rivet passage dimensioned to accept and hold a rivet of a wiper blade in order to connect the wiper blade with the connector;
a reinforcement element provided on at least one of the first or second side walls proximate to the upper channel, the reinforcement element including at least one resilient tab provided on the inner side of the reinforcement element within the upper channel; and
a support element extending from each of the first and second side walls in order to support an extension of the bridge and upper channel.

US Pat. No. 10,166,949

VEHICLE SAFETY AND SECURITY SYSTEM

1. A vehicle safety and security system comprising:one or more vehicle cameras, a control box, and a remote control device;
wherein the vehicle safety and security system is adapted to enable a vehicle owner to monitor activities in and around a vehicle from a remote location;
wherein the control box records at least one imaging channel obtained from the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the control box triggers security alerts based upon the content of the at least one imaging channel;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras are mounted to the vehicle and provide imaging data to the control box via the at least one imaging channel;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras comprise one or more external vehicle cameras;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras comprise one or more internal vehicle cameras;
wherein the at least one imaging channel delivers the imaging data from the one or more vehicle cameras to the control box;
wherein the one or more vehicle cameras provide an alert signal to the control box when motion is detected in front of the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the one or more external vehicle cameras comprises weather-resistant housings, transparent weatherproof lenses covering the optical components, and mounting provisions suitable for external mounting;
wherein the one or more external vehicle cameras comprises a top mount camera and a side mount camera;
wherein the top mount camera is intended to be mounted outside of the vehicle on a substantially horizontal surface;
wherein the top mount camera comprises a positioning mechanism to rotate camera optics within a substantially horizontal plane;
wherein the top mount camera comprises the positioning mechanism to tilt the camera optics up and down to change the viewing angle;
wherein the top mount camera comprises the positioning mechanism to raise and lower the camera optics to adjust the height of the camera optics over the body of the vehicle;
wherein the side mount camera is intended to be mounted outside of the vehicle on a substantially vertical surface;
wherein the side mount camera comprises the positioning mechanism to pivot the camera optics side-to-side within a substantially horizontal plane;
wherein the positioning mechanism to tilt the camera optics components up and down to change the viewing angle;
wherein the top mount camera comprises a mounting magnet to allow mounting of the top mount camera without drilling holes in the vehicle;
wherein the side mount camera comprises the mounting magnet to allow mounting of the side mount camera without drilling holes in the vehicle;
wherein the one or more internal vehicle cameras mount within a passenger compartment of the vehicle;
wherein the control box comprises a housing, one or more camera connection ports, control electronics and a power connection;
wherein the control box is a focal point within the vehicle for receiving the imaging data from the one or more vehicle cameras and then processing and/or storing the imaging data;
wherein the control box is detachable and therefore removable from the vehicle;
wherein the control electronics comprises recording circuitry to record the at least one imaging channel provided by the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the recording circuitry comprises components configured to function as a digital video recorder;
wherein once the control electronics has been made aware of the incident, the memory used to store recordings in temporal proximity to the incident is preserved by being marked as ‘reserved’ and not recorded over;
wherein the control electronics is adapted to be made aware of the incident through direct interaction with the vehicle owner or by detecting events within a field of view of the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the control electronics comprises a control transceiver to provide a wireless control connection between the control electronics and the remote control device;
wherein the control electronics comprises circuitry to select one of the one or more vehicle cameras;
wherein the control electronics transmit status alerts to a remote location;
wherein the control electronics comprises a clock circuit and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver;
wherein the control electronics combines date and time metadata obtained from the clock circuit and location metadata obtained from the global positioning system (GPS) receiver with the imaging data that is recorded or transmitted by the control box;
wherein the control box is in communication with a remote security monitoring service which receives the status alerts initiated by the control electronics;
wherein the remote security monitoring service assumes control of the control electronics for the purpose of viewing the imaging data obtained from the one or more vehicle cameras and to change settings within the control electronics.

US Pat. No. 10,166,941

LIGHT HOUSING FOR MOUNTING LIGHT ON BUMPER OF AUTOMOBILE

WARNER SCIENCE APPLICATIO...

1. A light housing adapted to be installed on a bumper of an automobile, comprising:a cylindrical member, the cylindrical member defining an inner surface having a shape of a round cylinder, with a front opening which has a shape defined by an intersection of the inner surface with a first plane that is non-perpendicular to a cylindrical axis of the cylinder; and
a mounting ring joined to the cylindrical member at the front opening, the mounting ring having an oval shape as view in a direction perpendicular to the first plane, the mounting ring having an outer rim which is located outside of the cylindrical member and extends toward a back end of the cylindrical member, the outer rim having a shape that conforms to a second plane which is parallel to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,166,939

VEHICULAR POWER SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE AND A CONTROLLING METHOD OF THE SAME

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicular power supply control device for shutting off DC electric power to be supplied from a vehicular DC power supply to a load via a parallel circuit of a plurality of electrical wires by turning off respective semiconductor switching devices on the electrical wires based on respective temperatures of the electrical wires, comprising:a current measurement unit configured to measure passing currents each flowing through each of the semiconductor switching devices;
a wire temperature estimation unit configured to estimate a temperature of each of the electrical wires from the passing currents;
a duty ratio determination unit configured to determine a duty ratio of PWM control of each of the semiconductor switching devices for which respective estimated temperatures for each of the electrical wires are matched; and
a PWM control unit configured to PWM-control each of the semiconductor switching devices with the determined duty ratio of the PWM control of each of the semiconductor switching devices to match one of a minimum and an intermediate one of the estimated temperatures for each of the electrical wires.

US Pat. No. 10,166,932

BICYCLE MOUNT DEVICE

1. A device for mounting a bicycle, regardless of the positioning of a top cross-bar of the bicycle, to a trunk mounted bicycle hang rack, a bumper mounted bicycle hang rack or a hitch mounted bicycle hang rack, the device comprising:a bicycle attachment member, the bicycle attachment member dimensioned to cooperate with a seat positioning member of the bicycle to secure the bicycle attachment member to the seat positioning member;
a mounting member, the mounting member adjustably mounted to the bicycle attachment member at an angle relative to the bicycle attachment member;
the bicycle attachment member is movably mounted to the seat positioning member and is height adjustable relative to the bicycle to allow the height of the mounting member to be adjusted relative to the wheels of the bicycle and to allow the wheels of the bicycle to be positioned above the ground for proper transport on the trunk mounted bicycle hang rack, the bumper mounted bicycle hang rack or the hitch mounted bicycle hang rack;
the mounting member is adjustable relative to the bicycle attachment member to position the longitudinal axis of the mounting member parallel to the ground and parallel to the plane extending between the axle of the front wheel and the axle of the rear wheel; a mounting device extending between the mounting member and the bicycle attachment member, the mounting device configured to retain the longitudinal axis of the mounting member parallel to the ground and parallel to the plane extending between the axle of the front wheel and the axle of the rear wheel, the mounting member configured to fully support the weight of the bicycle with no additional support and maintain the bicycle in level position on the trunk mounted bicycle hang rack, the bumper mounted bicycle hang rack or the hitch mounted bicycle hang rack with the wheels suspended from the ground during transport with no additional support.

US Pat. No. 10,166,928

STORAGE COMPARTMENT DIVIDER HAVING PARTITION WITH HINGED TELESCOPING SECTIONS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A storage compartment divider, comprising:a partition including (a) a first section with a first peg connected to (b) a second section with a second peg by (c) a hinge; and
a base including (a) a plurality of sockets receiving said first peg and said second peg and holding said partition in a plurality of positions and (b) a receiver shaped to receive and hold said partition at said hinge when said first section and said second section are folded together about said hinge.

US Pat. No. 10,166,922

ON-VEHICLE IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE, ON-VEHICLE IMAGE DISPLAY METHOD FOR VEHICLE, AND ON-VEHICLE IMAGE SETTING DEVICE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An on-vehicle image display device comprising:a display unit;
an imaging unit configured to capture an imaging area on a side of a vehicle and behind the vehicle, the imaging area including at least a part of a rear wheel of the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit configured to determine whether the vehicle will turn and travel, the electronic control unit is configured to display a first portion of the imaging area, captured by the imaging unit, on the display unit as a non-turning-time image for the vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the vehicle will travel without turning, and the electronic control unit is configured to display a second portion of the imaging area, captured by the imaging unit, on the display unit as a turning-time image for the vehicle when the electronic control unit determines that the vehicle will turn and travel,
wherein a greater amount of the rear wheel is visually displayed on the display unit in the second portion of the imaging area than is visually displayed on the display unit in the first portion of the imaging area.

US Pat. No. 10,166,918

DRIVE ASSISTING APPARATUS

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A drive assisting apparatus comprising:an electronic control unit having a microcomputer as a main component and configured to implement control elements that correspond to respective software processes executed by at least one of the microcomputer and a dedicated hardware element, the control elements including:
a running state detection unit which detects a running state of a vehicle;
a manipulation detection unit which detects a drive manipulation of a driver on the vehicle;
a line-of-sight direction detection unit which detects a line-of-sight direction of the driver;
a pattern storage unit which is stored in advance with data indicating combinations of a vehicle running state and a driver drive manipulation and a driver line-of-sight direction pattern; and
a warning signal output unit which outputs a warning signal if a combination of the running direction detected by the running state detection unit, the drive manipulation detected by the manipulation detection unit, and the line-of-sight direction detected by the line-of-sight direction detection unit is different from any of the combinations of the data stored in the pattern storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,166,916

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING A VEHICLE IS AT AN ELEVATED RISK FOR AN ANIMAL COLLISION

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOB...

1. A computer-implemented method of processing vehicle collision risk information, the method comprising:receiving, at a hardware server, vehicle data including an indication of at least a current GPS (Global Positioning System) location of at least one of an automobile or a mobile device located within the automobile;
accessing, by a processor located remotely from the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device, environment data associated with the current GPS location of the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device, the environment data including a historical record of automobile-animal collisions (i) at the current GPS location of the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device, or (ii) in a particular proximity to the current GPS location of the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device;
based on the environment data and the current GPS location, executing a machine learning algorithm to determine, by the processor, that the automobile is at a risk greater than a threshold level for a non-avian animal collision, the threshold level being a level of risk greater than zero risk;
generating, by the processor, a notification indicating the risk greater than the threshold level of collision with a non-avian animal;
communicating, from the processor located remotely from the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device, the notification of the risk greater than the threshold level to the at least one of the automobile or the mobile device via a communications network so as to allow an operator of the automobile to be notified of the risk greater than the threshold level;
receiving, at the hardware server, an animal collision report indicating that the automobile collided with a non-avian animal; and
updating, by the processor, the machine learning algorithm according to the animal collision report.

US Pat. No. 10,166,915

SETTING AID FOR A REAR-VIEW MIRROR IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. An adjustment aid for a rearview mirror in a motor vehicle, wherein one or more lighting means are arranged in the spatial vicinity of one or more edges of a rear window or at the rear of the motor vehicle in such a way that, when the motor vehicle is situated in dark surroundings and the one or more lighting means are switched on, the edge of the rear window or a lateral contour of the motor vehicle stands out, at least in portions, from the surroundings behind the motor vehicle when the rearview mirror is looked at, characterized in that a first means is provided, said first means automatically switching on the one or more lighting means when an adjustment of the rearview mirror becomes necessary, wherein the adjustment of the rearview mirror is assumed to be necessary if a change in the driver seat setting was identified.

US Pat. No. 10,166,914

SEPARABLE DISPLAY ARTICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

2. A display article comprising:a film formed from a stretchable plastic and including a first plurality of micro-light emitting diodes and a second plurality of micro-light emitting diodes disposed adjacent to the first plurality of micro-light emitting diodes;
wherein the first plurality of micro-light emitting diodes and the second plurality of micro-light emitting diodes are embedded in the stretchable plastic; and
a substrate having a first portion, a second portion disposed adjacent the first portion, and a tear seam having a first end and disposed between the first portion and the second portion;
wherein the substrate defines a first stress concentrator notch at the first end;
wherein the film is attached to the substrate such that the tear seam is located between the first plurality of micro-light emitting diodes and the second plurality of micro-light emitting diodes.

US Pat. No. 10,166,913

SIDE MARKER ILLUMINATION

Ford Global Technologies,...

10. A vehicle, comprising:an exterior side mirror positioned on an A-pillar;
a light assembly coupled to the exterior side mirror;
an interior side marker positioned on a seat assembly; and
an exterior side marker positioned on an external surface of a door, wherein the light assembly is configured to illuminate the interior and exterior side markers.

US Pat. No. 10,166,912

AUTOMOTIVE LED DRIVING APPARATUS

SL Corporation, Daegu (K...

1. An automotive light-emitting diode (LED) driving apparatus for operating an LED group in which first and second LED groups are connected in series, the automotive LED driving apparatus comprising:a voltage input unit configured to receive an input voltage from a power device of a vehicle;
a current controller configured to generate a current with a predetermined level by adjusting the input voltage, received from the voltage input unit, and configured to provide the generated current to an input terminal of the first LED group;
a first feedback path configured to feed back a voltage applied to a first node, connected to an output terminal of the first LED group, to an input terminal of the current controller;
a first switching unit disposed on the first feedback path and switched on or off based on a control signal received from a control device of the vehicle; and
a second switching unit disposed between an output terminal of the second LED group and a ground and switched on or off based on the control signal,
wherein when the control signal is a first control signal to turn on the first LED group, the first switching unit is turned on, the second switching unit is turned off, and the current controller is operated as a buck-boost converter, and
wherein when the control signal is a second control signal to turn on the first and second LED groups, the second switching unit is turned on, the first switching unit is turned off, and the current controller is configured to operate as a boost converter.

US Pat. No. 10,166,909

OPTICAL SENSOR DISPOSITION STRUCTURE FOR SADDLE RIDING VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An optical sensor disposition structure for a saddle riding vehicle including a head pipe, a steering stem that is connected to the head pipe and that includes a bottom bridge, and a vehicle body, the optical sensor disposition structure comprising:an optical sensor; and
an airflow guide member that is disposed in front of a head pipe and that is configured to cover a front section of a vehicle body, and in which an introduction port configured to guide traveling air rearward is formed,
wherein the optical sensor overlaps the introduction port when seen in a front view, and
the optical sensor is disposed above the bottom bridge of the steering stem.

US Pat. No. 10,166,908

VEHICULAR LAMP CLEANING SYSTEM

1. A vehicular lamp cleaning system configured to remove, in use, accumulated debris from an exterior signal lamp of a vehicle having a vehicular stoplight circuit, and the vehicle also having a vehicular air tank for an air-operated braking system configured to operate a vehicular brake system configured to brake the vehicle, the vehicular lamp cleaning system comprising:an isolation solenoid for fluid connection to the vehicular air tank of the vehicle in such a way that the isolation solenoid receives, in use, pressurized air from the vehicular air tank; and
an air reservoir for fluid connection to the isolation solenoid in such a way that the air reservoir receives, in use, the pressurized air from the vehicular air tank; and
a discharge nozzle for fluid connection to the air reservoir, and the discharge nozzle receiving, in use, the pressurized air from the air reservoir, and releasing, in use, and directing, in use, the pressurized air towards the exterior signal lamp of the vehicle in such a way that the pressurized air, which is released from the discharge nozzle, removes debris from the exterior signal lamp of the vehicle; and
wherein the isolation solenoid is electrically isolated from the vehicular air tank of the vehicle during activation of the vehicular brake system of the vehicle, whereby the isolation solenoid does not adversely interfere with operation of the vehicular air tank of the vehicle during the activation of the vehicular brake system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,907

RETRACTOR WITH SPACE-SAVING FEATURES

Valeda Company, , FL (US)...

1. A retractor comprising: a spool disposed inside of a housing, a guide having a rotational movement whereby the guide is rotatable around at least a portion of a circumference of said spool and with respect to said housing, and a belt being wound about said spool and being passable through a guide opening in said guide, wherein the housing comprises an opening that restricts the rotational movement of the guide within a predetermined range of angles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,906

CONVERSION DEVICE TO TRANSFORM A FLAT BED INTO A TRUCK BED AND THE METHOD TO USE

1. A device which is comprised of:a. a flatbed;
b. a plurality of posts;
wherein the plurality of posts is attached to the flatbed;
wherein at least one post of the plurality of posts is fixed;
wherein at least one post of the plurality of posts pivots;
c. a plurality of cavities;
wherein the plurality of cavities is provided in the flatbed;
wherein the plurality of posts fit within the plurality of cavities.

US Pat. No. 10,166,905

HEATING AND COOLING CUP HOLDER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A heating and cooling cup holder, comprising:a holder body having an opened upper end to accommodate a beverage, having a shape surrounding the beverage, and having a blast hole formed in a side surface of the holder body wherein wind is introduced into the holder body through the blast hole;
a heat exchanging body having a front surface directly coupled to an outer side surface of the holder body and covering the blast hole to directly conduct heat with the outer side surface of the holder body, and having an inlet formed in a side surface of the heat exchanging body to allow the wind introduced through the inlet to be heat-exchanged and discharged to an inner surface of the holder body through the blast hole, thereby to transfer heat simultaneously through conduction and convection, wherein the front surface of the heat exchanging body is a curved surface being in direct contact with the outer side surface of the holder body for the heat exchanging body to cover the blast hole of the holder body in the heat exchanging body;
a first peltier element having a front surface coupled to a rear surface of the heat exchanging body, wherein the holder body, the heat exchanging body and the first peltier element are coupled in series in a radial direction of the holder body;
a heat dissipating module coupled to a rear surface of the first peltier element;
a second peltier element having an upper surface coupled to a lower surface of the holder body; and
at least one heat pipe heat-exchangeably connecting a lower surface of the second peltier element to the heat dissipating module,
wherein a plurality of heat transfer fins is positioned inside the heat exchanging body,
wherein each of the plurality of heat transfer fins is shaped at an end portion thereof to conform to a proximate portion of the holder body, and
wherein the plurality of heat transfer fins is the plurality of guide ribs guiding the wind introduced through the inlet to the blast hole.

US Pat. No. 10,166,904

SINGLE COMPONENT CUP HOLDER MECHANISM

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A cup holder mechanism for a vehicle, the cup holder mechanism comprising:an upper region comprising an outer ring configured to receive a beverage by at least partially surrounding a perimeter of the beverage;
a base region comprising a base support element configured to support a bottom of the beverage; and
a middle region connecting the upper region and the base region;
wherein the cup holder mechanism is configured to be movable, by an actuator based on input provided by an occupant of the vehicle, between:
a closed position, in which the cup holder mechanism is stowed in a recess within a housing; and
an open position, in which the cup holder mechanism is opened outside the housing to receive the beverage; and
wherein the upper region, the base region, and the middle region are formed as a single unitary piece.

US Pat. No. 10,166,903

VEHICULAR SEAT BACK TABLE

1. A vehicular seat back table apparatus pivotable between a stowed position in a table installation space of a backrest and a deployed position, comprising:a guide member installed at each of both sides of the table installation space, each guide member including a rack gear portion;
a pinion gear, rotatably coupled to the rack gear portion of each guide member;
a rotation varying unit associated with and coupled to each of the pinion gears, each rotation varying unit connected by a rotatable hinge shaft to one side of a table, and coupled to an associated pinon gear through a sun gear installed at an end portion of the shaft, the sun gear being coupled to planetary gears installed on an outer circumferential surface of the sun gear and the planetary gears being coupled to a ring gear, whereby pivotal motion of the table is transmitted through the gears;
first and second springs, each spring having one end connectable to a guide member and another end connectable to the backrest for biasing each guide member toward a table-stowed position.

US Pat. No. 10,166,902

TRAVEL SUPPORT DEVICE

1. A seating support device for use in conjunction with a seat to support a user during a sitting position in situ, the seating support device comprising:a main body of flexible material that is capable of being manipulated to alter a three dimensional form of the body into one of multiple usable forms, the main body including a front section having a central body portion and a pair of lateral wings extending from first and second sides of the central body portion, and a tail section extending longitudinally from one end of the central body portion, each wing of the pair of lateral wings including a first outer edge extending obtusely from an outer leading edge of the front section of the main body and a second outer edge extending from a terminal end of the first edge towards the tail section, and wherein the multiple usable forms includes a first support form and a second support form, in the first support form, the central body portion includes a recess for retaining a user's foot and/or leg therein and in the second support form, the central body portion includes the recess for the user to rest their leg and/or foot therein and an adjacent platform at a relatively higher position than a floor of the recess for the user to rest their leg and/or foot thereon, wherein the platform is formed by an inner end of the tail section adjacent the central body portion and approximately parallel with a general orientation of a seating surface of the seat supporting the user or the floor of the recess, such that the platform is suspended over a front of the seat supporting the user,
an attachment mechanism associated with the main body for attaching the main body to a support structure separate from the seating surface of the seat supporting the user in the first support form and the second support form, and
wherein the main body is also configured to couple to the seat supporting the user by the user sitting on the tail section.

US Pat. No. 10,166,901

SEAT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A seat having a back part and a seat part including a seat cover delimiting a seat area that is divided into a central support area, a first side support area adjacent to the central support area and a second side support area adjacent to the central support area opposite the first support area, the seat comprising:an air bladder assembly including a first air bladder disposed in the first side support area and a second air disposed in the second support area, wherein the air bladder assembly is inflatable and deflatable for changing the vertical position of the seat area on the first and second side support areas relative to the central support area;
a support structure including a frame and a bearing part arranged between the frame and the air bladder assembly such that the first and second bladders are supported on a first side of the bearing part; and
a fastener having a lug extending from a second side of the bearing part which is opposite the first side and an elastically deformable catch disposed on an end of the lug opposite bearing part, wherein the lug extends through an aperture formed in the frame and the deformable catch cooperates with the frame for positively blocking movement of the latching lug out of the aperture to provide a latching connection between the bearing part and the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,166,900

INTERNAL UPPER SEATBACK SUPPORT FOR DRIVING AND SLEEPER SEATS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a frame having first and second side members;
a seatback and a head restraint supported on the frame;
a paddle having a lower pivot rod pivotally coupled between the first and second side members of the frame, the paddle being disposed proximate a top portion of the seatback, below the head restraint; and
a bladder disposed between the paddle and the frame and operable between:
an inflated condition wherein the paddle is pivoted forward to support one of the upper back and neck of an occupant; and
a deflated condition wherein the paddle is pivoted rearward into the seatback.

US Pat. No. 10,166,899

RATCHETING HEADREST ASSEMBLY

DAIMAY NORTH AMERICA AUTO...

1. A headrest assembly, comprising:a head restraint configured to rotate from a first locked position to a second locked position to incline the head restraint relative to a seat back, wherein:
the head restraint is configured such that rotation of the head restraint beyond the second locked position causes the head restraint to become urged back to the first locked position,
the head restraint includes a ratchet assembly having a pawl and pawl spring,
the pawl spring includes a first section and a second section,
the first section of the pawl spring is configured to contact the pawl when the head restraint is rotated from the first locked position to the second locked position, and
the second section of the pawl spring is configured to contact the pawl when the head restraint is rotated beyond the second locked position;
wherein the second section of the pawl spring is spaced-apart from the first section of the pawl spring in a direction parallel to an axis of rotation of the head restraint such that the second section of the pawl spring lies in a different plane than the first section of the pawl spring.

US Pat. No. 10,166,898

TRAVELER'S PERSONAL ARM REST DEVICE

5. A device for supporting a person's arms in front of his or her own body during travel comprising:a chest portion having an outside, an inside, a contoured top end and a bottom end, the bottom end secured along the inside to define a tubular cavity sized to receive a wearer's arms;
a first and a second adjustable supportive strap, the supportive straps horizontally spaced apart from one another and each having a first end fixedly secured to the contoured top end of the chest portion and a second end fixedly secured to a bottom-most portion of the tubular cavity along the outside of the chest portion;
a first horizontal strap secured to the first supportive strap and a second horizontal strap secured to the second supportive strap, the first and second horizontal straps releaseably securable to one another; and
a resealable pouch disposed along the outside of the chest portion;
wherein the first and second supportive straps are further configured to receive one each of a wearer's arms therethrough to respectively encircle at least a portion of the left-lateral and right-lateral portions of a wearer's torso including his or her shoulders;
wherein a position of the first and second horizontal straps is adjustable along the first and second supportive straps; and
wherein a length of the first and second horizontal straps is adjustable.

US Pat. No. 10,166,897

SEAT

DELTA KOGYO CO., LTD., H...

1. A seat comprising:a seat frame including a first frame member and a second frame member juxtaposed at a predetermined distance therebetween;
an elastic sheet extending from the first frame member to the second frame member in a tensioned state, the elastic sheet including a fastening section that has a gap in a region located between the first frame member and the second frame member; and
a trim provided independently from the elastic sheet to cover a top surface of the elastic sheet at least in the region located between the first frame member and the second frame member, the trim including a trim body and a fastened portion that is attached to the trim body, the fastened portion of the trim being inserted in the gap of the fastening section of the elastic sheet and fastened to the fastening section in the region located between the first frame member and the second frame member with the trim body being stretched.

US Pat. No. 10,166,896

SEAT BELT ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE FOR OFF-ROAD VEHICLE

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., T...

1. A seat belt attachment structure for an off-road vehicle comprising:a seat including a seat frame and at least a first occupant sitting position positioned adjacent a second occupant sitting position, each occupant sitting position having opposing sides;
a seat belt for each sitting position that is capable of being fastened and unfastened, each seat belt including a shoulder belt, a waist belt, and a tongue plate, wherein each seat belt when fastened is fixed at three points including at a retractor housing the shoulder belt, at an anchor fixing the waist belt on the same side of the sitting position as the retractor, and at a buckle positioned on the other side of the sitting position that detachably engages the tongue plate when the seat belt is fastened; and
at least a first appendage that extends upward from the seat frame and is positioned along the seat frame in the vehicle width direction between the first and second sitting positions, wherein the tongue plate of the seat belt of the first sitting position and either the tongue plate or the anchor of the seat belt of the second sitting position are attached to the first appendage when the seat belts of the first and second sitting positions are fastened, and wherein the anchor or the buckle of the first sitting position and the anchor or the buckle of the second sitting position are fixed to the first appendage at different positions along the length and the height of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,895

SEATBACK COMFORT CARRIER

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a seatback;
a back panel; and
a carrier supporting the seatback and including:
an upper thoracic region defining an upper central opening and including a peripheral support, the upper thoracic region further including peripheral trim retainers adjacent the peripheral support and which retain a trim cover;
a lower lumber region including a peripheral support, wherein a peripheral gap is defined between a front closeout panel and the lower lumber region, wherein the lower lumbar region defines a lower central opening having at least one straight edge tie-down adjacent the opening; and
a plurality of inner trim retainers proximate the upper central opening.

US Pat. No. 10,166,894

SEATBACK COMFORT CARRIER

Ford Global Technologies,...

8. A vehicle seating assembly comprising:a carrier adjacent a front closeout panel and supporting a seatback, the carrier including:
a thoracic region defining a peripheral gap between the front closeout panel and the thoracic region, a lower wall of the thoracic region including an undulating configuration; and
a lumbar region defining a peripheral gap between the front closeout panel and the lumbar region, an upper wall of the lumbar region including an undulating configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,166,893

SEAT PAD

1. A seat pad made of a flexible polyurethane foam, whereinwhen the seat pad is divided into five equal parts in a direction of a thickness between a front surface and an underside surface and the five equal parts are termed a first layer, a second layer, a third layer, a fourth layer, and a fifth layer, starting from the front surface side, a midportion of the seat pad that is a portion other than the front surface and the underside surface is set at a density of 45 to 55 kg/m3,
the equal parts are ranked in the following order of decreasing hardness at the center of each layer: the fifth layer, the fourth layer, the third layer, and the second layer, with the hardness of the fourth layer set larger than the hardness of the first layer, and a ratio of the hardness of the fifth layer to the hardness of the first layer is set at 1.2 or more, and
the hardness is 25% hardness measured in conformity to a D method defined in JIS K6400-2 as used in the 2012 edition.

US Pat. No. 10,166,892

PAD

TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI ...

1. A pad comprising:a first pad which is elastically bendable and deformable by pressure, the first pad including a pressed portion on which a pressing force is applied; and
a second pad which is harder to bend compared to the first pad,
wherein the first pad and the second pad are integrally formed,
wherein the pressed portion is disposed to be adjacent to the second pad in a direction orthogonal to a pressing direction of the pressing force, and
wherein at least one pad of the first pad and the second pad includes a facilitating part which facilitates the pressed portion to be bent and deformed with respect to the second pad, and the facilitating part is formed of the one pad itself.

US Pat. No. 10,166,891

VEHICULAR SEAT

TACHI-S CO., LTD., Akish...

14. A vehicular seat comprising a surface skin for covering a pad and a backboard to which the surface skin is attached, the surface skin being attached to a peripheral edge of the backboard, wherein:the surface skin comprises a first surface skin and a second surface skin that is connected to the first surface skin;
a connecting structure for connecting the backboard and the second surface skin is provided;
the second surface skin is formed from an elastomer;
the elastomer has shape-retaining properties such that the shape thereof can be maintained in a natural state;
the second surface skin is connected to a peripheral edge of the first surface skin;
an end of the second surface skin is stitched to the peripheral edge of the first surface skin;
the connecting structure comprises:
protruding members provided to the second surface skin; and
holes provided to a peripheral edge on the back surface of the backboard;
the second surface skin is connected to the peripheral edge on the back surface of the backboard by the protruding members being inserted into the holes;
the second surface skin comprises a bent portion bent along the peripheral edge on the back surface of the backboard, due to the shape-retaining properties;
the protruding members are provided on the inner surface of the bent portion;
the protruding members are formed from the same material as the second surface skin;
a connecting portion between the first surface skin and the second surface skin is placed on a boundary portion between a front surface of the pad and the side surface of the pad; and
the second surface skin covers an entire area of the side surface of the pad.

US Pat. No. 10,166,890

CLIMATE CONTROLLED CHILD SAFETY SEAT ASSEMBLY

1. A climate controlled child safety seat assembly comprising:a car seat comprising a base and a handle, said handle comprising a pair of arms and a centerpiece, each arm of said pair of arms being pivotally coupled to and extending from a respective opposing side of said base, said centerpiece being coupled to and extending between said pair of arms distal from said base;
a power module coupled to and positioned in said base;
a plurality of penetrations positioned through said handle;
a plurality of fans operationally coupled to said power module, each fan of said plurality of fans being positioned in a respective one of said plurality of penetrations, wherein said plurality of fans is positioned in said handle such that said plurality of fans is configured for motivating air over a child positioned in said car seat.

US Pat. No. 10,166,889

SERIES MOUNTED ENERGY ATTENUATOR AND SPRING DAMPER

Armorworks Holdings, Inc....

1. A shock absorbing vehicle seating system, comprising:a seat moveably attached to the vehicle by a seat guide apparatus configured to constrain seat movement to a stroking direction;
a spring damper with a first end and a second end; the spring damper configured to compress and extend along a longitudinal axis extending through the first and second ends in response to variations in loading applied at the first and second ends; and
an energy attenuating component with a deformable portion disposed between a first end and a second end thereof, the energy attenuating component configured to deform along a longitudinal axis extending through the first and second ends of the energy attenuating component, wherein the second end of the energy attenuating component is attached to the first end of the spring damper, and the longitudinal axes of the spring damper and the energy attenuating component are aligned, the spring damper and energy attenuating component together forming a seat supporting assembly disposed between the seat and the vehicle, and wherein the energy attenuating component is configured to remain rigid while shock loads imparted to the seat through the seat supporting assembly are less than a predetermined threshold value, and to permanently deform in a predictable manner in response to a shock load that reaches the threshold value, allowing the seat to stroke in the stroking direction as the energy attenuating component absorbs energy, and further wherein the spring damper has a damping coefficient selected to ensure that for a given range of seat-to-vehicle initial closing velocity in a high energy impact event, the energy attenuating component will begin to deform before the spring damper has fully compressed.

US Pat. No. 10,166,888

VEHICLE SEAT

TS TECH CO., LTD., Saita...

1. A vehicle seat with a seat cushion and a seat back, the vehicle seat comprising:right and left side frames constituting right and left frames of the seat back;
a pressure-receiving member disposed between the right and left side frames and configured to receive a load from an occupant; and
a driving mechanism disposed at each of right and left sides of the pressure-receiving member and configured to cause a right end portion or a left end portion of the pressure-receiving member to move from an initial position to an advanced position that is located frontward of the initial position or to move from the advanced position to the initial position,
wherein the driving mechanism comprises a linkage configured to be connected to the pressure-receiving member and a driving source configured to actuate the linkage,
wherein the linkage includes a link member configured to be rotatable frontward and rearward relative to the side frame and connected to the pressure-receiving member, and is configured to operate when a load equal to or greater than a predetermined amount is input from the occupant to the pressure-receiving member to cause the pressure-receiving member to move to a backward position that is located rearward of the initial position,
wherein the vehicle seat comprises a rotation resistive member configured to restrict a rearward rotation of the link member when a load smaller than the predetermined amount is input from the occupant to the pressure-receiving member and to deform when a load equal to or greater than the predetermined amount is input from the occupant to the pressure-receiving member so as to allow a rearward rotation of the link member, and
wherein the rotation resistive member comprises an urging member configured to urge the link member to rotate frontward.

US Pat. No. 10,166,887

SEATBACK LIFT MECHANISM FOR A SUPINE MOTOR VEHICLE SEATING ASSEMBLY

Ford Global Technologies,...

16. A mounting assembly for attaching a pivotable upper back support to a vehicle seatback frame comprising:a first bracket;
a second bracket;
a ratchet latch, wherein the ratchet latch is coupled to the first bracket with a ratchet mounting bracket; and
a bushing coupled to the second bracket, wherein the upper back support includes a support member pivotably coupled to the ratchet latch and the bushing.

US Pat. No. 10,166,885

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING VOLTAGE OF CATENARY SUPPLYING ELECTRIC POWER TO ROLLING STOCKS

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPO...

8. Device for controlling the voltage of a catenary supplying electric power to rolling stocks, each rolling stock comprising a motor drive characterized in that the device is included in a first rolling stock and comprises:a processor to execute a program; and
a memory to store the program which, when executed by the processor, performs processes of,
detecting a traction command or a regeneration command of a second rolling stock in the neighborhood of first rolling stock,
increasing the electric power supplied by the first rolling stock to the motor drive of the first rolling stock when a regeneration command of the second rolling stock is detected and if the first rolling stock is in a coasting mode,
decreasing the electric power supplied by the first rolling stock to the motor drive of the first rolling stock when a traction command of the second rolling stock is detected and if the first rolling stock is in a coasting mode.

US Pat. No. 10,166,884

POWER CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR

NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A power conditioning system with two converters, comprising:a fuel cell to be connected to a load;
a fuel cell converter connected between the fuel cell and the load, the fuel cell converter converting an output voltage of the fuel cell at a predetermined required voltage ratio;
a battery connected in parallel with the fuel cell with respect to the load, the battery serving as a power supply source different from the fuel cell;
a battery converter connected between the battery and the load, the battery converter converting an output voltage of the battery at a predetermined required voltage ratio;
a converter direct coupling unit configured to directly couple an input side and an output side of the fuel cell converter during startup of the power conditioning system; and
a fuel cell output voltage increasing unit configured to increase the output voltage of the fuel cell to a predetermined voltage by supplying oxidant gas during startup of the fuel cell.

US Pat. No. 10,166,883

UNDERBODY OF AN ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN MOTOR VEHICLE

Dr. Ing. h.c F. Porsche A...

1. An underbody (1;41) of an electrically driven motor vehicle, comprising:a. a vehicle supporting structure (3;43), said vehicle supporting structure comprising two vehicle sills (5;45) located laterally in a transverse direction of the vehicle;
b. a plurality of battery modules (11;51) arranged between the sills;
c. a battery supporting structure (13;53) supporting the battery modules;
d. at least one battery temperature control device (15;55) assigned to the battery modules, the battery temperature control device comprising a cooling device operated with a cooling liquid that cools the battery modules; and
e. one or more supply and/or removal devices (17;57) for the cooling liquid, wherein the supply and/or removal devices (17;57) for the cooling liquid are arranged in the region of the vehicle sills (5;45).

US Pat. No. 10,166,882

POWER SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A power system for an electric vehicle, comprising:a bidirectional DC-DC module having a first DC terminal connected with a first terminal of a power battery and a second DC terminal connected with a second terminal of the power battery, wherein the first DC terminal is a common terminal for an input to and an output from the bidirectional DC-DC module;
a driving control switch having a first terminal connected with the second terminal of the power battery and a second terminal connected with a third DC terminal of the bidirectional DC-DC module;
a bidirectional DC-AC module having a first DC terminal connected with the second terminal of the driving control switch and a second DC terminal connected with the first terminal of the power battery;
a motor control switch having a first terminal connected with an AC terminal of the bidirectional DC-AC module and a second terminal configured to connect with a motor;
a charge-discharge control module having a first terminal connected with the AC terminal of the bidirectional DC-AC module and a second terminal connected with a charge-discharge socket;
a battery manager connected with the power battery and configured to detect a temperature of the power battery; and
a control module connected with a third terminal of the driving control switch, a third terminal of the motor control switch a third terminal of the charge-discharge control module and the battery manager respectively, and configured to control the driving control switch, the motor control switch and the charge-discharge control module so as to control the power system to enter a charge-discharge mode, and to control the power battery to charge and discharge in a pulse mode so as to heat the power battery when the temperature of the power battery is lower than a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,166,881

CHARGE-DISCHARGE CONTROLLER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A charge-discharge controller controlling a state of charge (SOC) of a storage battery that is chargeable and dischargeable, the charge-discharge controller comprising:a resetter executing an SOC reset charging that brings the battery to an over-charged state; and
a timing calculator executing a timing calculation process that calculates an execution timing of the SOC reset charging by the resetter, wherein
the timing calculator executes the timing calculation process and calculates a profit reduction amount as a difference between a planned charge-discharge monetary profit and a SOC reset charging monetary profit for each of a plurality of time ranges, among which (i) the planned charge-discharge monetary profit is calculated as a profit from charging and discharging according to a preset charge-discharge plan and (ii) the SOC reset charging monetary profit is calculated as a profit from executing the SOC reset charging, and
the timing calculator sets the execution timing of the SOC reset charging in one or more time ranges to minimize the profit reduction amount.

US Pat. No. 10,166,880

SYSTEM FOR ANNOUNCING PREDICTED REMAINING AMOUNT OF ENERGY

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A system for announcing predicted remaining amount of energy, the system comprising:an obtaining unit configured to obtain traveling state information which contains current vehicle position information;
a searching unit configured to search a predicted passage point through which the vehicle is predicted to pass in a future on a basis of the traveling state information when a traveling route is not set;
a predicting unit configured to predict a predicted remaining amount of energy, the predicted remaining amount of energy being a predicted amount of traveling energy remaining at the time when the vehicle passes the predicted passage point; and
an announcing unit configured to announce information about the predicted remaining amount of energy and the predicted passage point corresponding to the predicted remaining amount of energy to a user.

US Pat. No. 10,166,879

BATTERY DISCHARGE PREVENTING SYSTEM FOR HYBRID VEHICLE AND BATTERY DISCHARGE PREVENTING METHOD USING THE SAME

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A battery discharge preventing method for a hybrid vehicle, comprising:measuring, by a first voltage sensor, a voltage level of a low voltage battery for supplying electric power to an electric device installed in the hybrid vehicle;
sensing, by an impact sensor, a collision of the hybrid vehicle;
comparing, by a control unit, the voltage level of the low voltage battery to a first reference value;
controlling a first relay, by the control unit, to provide a connection between the low voltage battery and a high voltage battery, when the measured voltage level of the low voltage battery is equal to or lower than the first reference level; and
determining whether the connection between the low voltage battery and the high voltage battery is established,
wherein the high voltage battery supplies electric power to a motor to drive the hybrid vehicle, via an inverter connected to the motor, and
wherein, when the connection is established, the control unit controls the first relay to disconnect the connection between the low voltage battery and the high voltage battery when the collision of the hybrid vehicle is sensed.

US Pat. No. 10,166,878

POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS OF VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A power supply apparatus of a vehicle, comprising:a power storage device;
a voltage step-up converter stepping up a voltage of said power storage device and supplying the stepped-up voltage to a load;
an auxiliary machine electrically connected between said power storage device and said voltage step-up converter and driven by consuming electric power supplied from said power storage device; and
a control device controlling said load based on a required vehicle power including a required charge discharge amount of said power storage device,
said control device having a continuous voltage step-up mode and an intermittent voltage step-up mode, in said continuous voltage step-up mode said voltage step-up converter being continuously operated, in said intermittent voltage step-up mode said voltage step-up converter being intermittently operated,
in said continuous voltage step-up mode, said control device calculating said required charge discharge amount based on electric power supplied from said power storage device, and
in said intermittent voltage step-up mode, said control device changing a method of calculating said required charge discharge amount to the method that calculates said required charge discharge amount based on electric power passing through said voltage step-up converter, and making said required charge discharge amount smaller than said required charge discharge amount in said continuous voltage step-up mode.

US Pat. No. 10,166,877

CHARGE CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE

BYD COMPANY LIMITED, She...

1. A charge control system for an electric vehicle, comprising:a charge-discharge socket;
a three-level bidirectional DC-AC module having a first DC terminal configured to connect with a first terminal of a power battery of the electric vehicle and a second DC terminal configured to connect with a second terminal of the power battery;
a charge-discharge control module having a first terminal connected with an AC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module and a second terminal connected with the charge-discharge socket;
a filtering module having a first terminal connected to the AC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module and a second terminal connected to the charge-discharge control module; and
a control module connected with a third terminal of the charge-discharge control module and configured to control the charge-discharge control module to turn on, to sample an output voltage of an external grid by using a connection midpoint of filtering capacitors in the filtering module as a reference point, and to control the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module according to the output voltage of the external grid to control the external grid to charge the power battery, when the external grid is in an angle connection mode and the electric vehicle is in a charge-discharge mode;
wherein the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module comprises:
a first capacitor and a second capacitor connected in series and connected between the first DC terminal and the second DC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module, a first node is defined between the first capacitor and the second capacitor;
a first IGBT and a second IGBT connected in series and connected between the first DC terminal and the second DC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module, a second node is defined between the first IGBT and the second IGBT;
a third IGBT and a fourth IGBT connected in series and connected between a third terminal of the filtering module and the second node;
a fifth IGBT and a sixth IGBT connected in series and connected between the first DC terminal and the second DC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module, a third node is defined between the fifth IGBT and the sixth IGBT;
a seventh IGBT and an eighth IGBT connected in series and connected between the third terminal of the filtering module and the third node;
a ninth IGBT and a tenth IGBT connected in series and connected between the first DC terminal and the second DC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module, a fourth node is defined between the ninth IGBT and the tenth IGBT; and
an eleventh IGBT and a twelfth IGBT connected in series and connected between the third terminal of the filtering module and the fourth node;
wherein the second node, the third node and the fourth node are configured as the AC terminal of the three-level bidirectional DC-AC module.

US Pat. No. 10,166,876

CHARGING DEVICE FOR CHARGING A VEHICLE ACCUMULATOR

SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAF...

1. A charging device for charging each of a plurality of different types of vehicle accumulators, the charging device comprising:a control unit configured to execute a plurality of different predetermined charge programs corresponding with the plurality of different types of vehicle accumulators, each predetermined charging program being executable by the control unit to control charging of a respective type of vehicle accumulator; and
an accumulator recognition unit configured to, during connection of a particular type of a vehicle accumulator to the charging device via a communication link:
receive, from the vehicle accumulator via the communication link, accumulator identification information indicating the particular type of vehicle accumulator connected to the charging device; and
identify the particular type of vehicle accumulator currently connected to the charging device based on the received accumulator identification information; and
wherein the control unit is further executable to:
access, from the vehicle accumulator via the communication link, a particular predetermined charge program corresponding with the particular type of vehicle accumulator identified by the accumulator recognition unit;
wherein the particular predetermined charge program is transferred to the control unit in cryptographically encrypted form;
in response to accessing the particular predetermined charge program from the vehicle accumulator in cryptographically encrypted form, automatically request a corresponding key for decryption from a server associated with a manufacturer of the particular type of vehicle accumulator;
obtain the decryption key from the server associated with the manufacturer of the particular type of vehicle accumulator, and use the decryption key to decrypt the predetermined charge program received from the vehicle accumulator; and
execute the particular predetermined charge program to control charging of the particular type of vehicle accumulator.

US Pat. No. 10,166,875

DEPLOYABLE SAFETY SHIELD FOR CHARGING

NIO USA, Inc., San Jose,...

1. A system for charging an electric vehicle, the system comprising:a charging system including a power source and a charging plate wirelessly coupled to the power source, wherein the power source wirelessly transfers power to the charging plate; and
at least one shield portion between the charging plate and a passenger compartment of the electric vehicle,
wherein,
the at least one shield portion includes at least two states, a first state being a non-deployed state and a second state being a deployed state, and
the at least one shield portion is configured to attenuate an electromagnetic field provided by the charging system when in the second state.

US Pat. No. 10,166,874

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR POSITIONING BY MEANS OF TRIANGULATION

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A system comprising a vehicle and an induction charging unit, the induction charging unit comprising a primary coil and the vehicle comprising a secondary coil and wherein, during a charging operation in a charging position, electric power is inductively transmissible from the primary coil to the secondary coil, in the charging position, the secondary coil being situated in a preferred spatial position area with respect to the primary coil, wherein, for setting the charging position,wherein the system is configured to measure a plurality of magnetic field vectors generated by a corresponding plurality of antennas and, based on measured intensities of the plurality of magnetic field vectors, the system iteratively detects a location position by means of triangulating the plurality of antennas, wherein the location position describes a time-dependent spatial position of the secondary coil with respect to the primary coil, and
based on the iteratively-detected location position and the charging position, the system iteratively detects a travel trajectory, along which the location position of the charging position is approximated.

US Pat. No. 10,166,873

BATTERY CHARGER FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

ABB B.V., Rotterdam (NL)...

1. A battery charger for electric vehicles, the battery charger comprising:at least one converter unit composed of three converter modules and having a power supply circuit configured to be switched between a three-phase supply mode and a single-phase supply mode;
wherein the power supply circuit comprises three first bridge circuits by which, in the three-phase supply mode, input sides of the converter modules are connected phase-against-phase in a triangular configuration, and three second bridge circuits by which, in the single phase mode, the input sides of the converter modules are connected phase-against-ground in a star configuration;
wherein the converter modules comprise identical current controlled DC-DC converter modules having reverse current protected outputs connected in parallel to a charge terminal of a vehicle battery.

US Pat. No. 10,166,872

RANGE EXTENDER VEHICLE

1. A range extender vehicle, comprising wheels and a vehicle frame, wherein the range extender vehicle further comprises:a turboshaft engine arranged on a chassis of the vehicle frame; a turboshaft engine controller; a generator, a battery pack; a battery controller; driving motors, a battery radiator, a gasholder, a thermal energy recycling device; a thermal energy transmission pipe and a compressed air heater;
a signal end of the turboshaft engine is connected to the turboshaft engine controller, a transmission shaft of the turboshaft engine is connected to a rotation shaft of the generator and is configured to drive the generator to produce electric energy;
the generator is configured to output the produced electric energy to the battery pack and the driving motors; the battery pack is connected to the driving motors, and a signal end of the battery pack is connected to the battery controller;
a power transmission shaft of each of the driving motors is connected to a driving shaft of the corresponding wheel;
a cold-air channel of the battery radiator is connected to the battery pack;
a gas-transmission pipe of the gasholder is connected to a gas-inputting pipe of a combustor of the turboshaft engine, for providing gas to the turboshaft engine;
the thermal energy recycling device is arranged at a tail end of the combustor of the turboshaft engine, for absorbing thermal energy produced by burning gas in the turboshaft engine;
an input end of the thermal energy transmission pipe is connected to the thermal energy recycling device, and an output end of the thermal energy transmission pipe is connected to the compressed air heater; and
two branch pipes are arranged at an output end of the compressor air heater, a first pipe of the two branch pipes is connected to an inlet of the combustor of the turboshaft engine, for heating gas entered into the turboshaft engine, and a second pipe of the two branch pipes is connected to a warm-air outlet of the vehicle, for vehicle heating.

US Pat. No. 10,166,871

WHEEL STABILITY CONTROL BASED ON THE MOMENT OF AN ELECTRICAL MOTOR

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A wheel stability control system for a vehicle, the system comprising: a power system comprising an electric motor having electrical characteristics, the power system configured to determine an angular speed, an input current, an input voltage, and a phase angle between the input current and the input voltage to the electric motor; an electronic control unit (ECU) including a computer readable, non-transitory memory, the memory storing information including an optimal acceleration and deceleration curve of the vehicle and the electrical characteristics of the electric motor, wherein the ECU is configured to: calculate an electrical moment of the electric motor based on the angular speed, the input current, the input voltage, and the phase angle of the electric motor provided by the power system and on the electrical characteristics of the electric motor, determine the acceleration or deceleration of the electric motor from the angular speed of the electric motor, determine the optimal acceleration and the optimal deceleration of the electric motor based on the angular speed of the electric motor and based on the optimal acceleration and deceleration curve, determine if the acceleration or the deceleration of the electric motor exceeds the optimal acceleration or the optimal deceleration of the electric motor, when the acceleration or the deceleration of the electric motor exceeds the optimal acceleration or the optimal deceleration, adjust the electrical moment of the electric motor until the acceleration or the deceleration of the electric motor matches the optimal acceleration or the optimal deceleration, and an acceleration sensor that determines an acceleration of the vehicle and provides a value of the acceleration of the vehicle to the ECU, wherein the ECU adjusts the optimal acceleration and deceleration curve in response to the information from the acceleration sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,870

HYBRID VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A hybrid vehicle, comprising:an engine;
a first motor generating a counter-electromotive voltage with rotation;
a planetary gear including three rotation elements connected to three shafts, the shafts including a shaft of the first motor, a shaft of the engine, and a driving shaft coupled with driving wheels, the rotation elements being connected such that the first motor, the engine, and the driving shaft are arrayed in this order in an alignment chart;
a second motor connected to the driving shaft;
a first inverter driving the first motor;
a second inverter driving the second motor;
an electric storage device connected to the first inverter and the second inverter through electric power lines; and
an electronic control unit being configured to control the engine such that, in specified traveling where the hybrid vehicle travels while operating the engine with the first inverter and the second inverter kept in a shutdown state, the first motor is rotated at a speed that causes the counter-electromotive voltage of the first motor to be higher than direct current-side voltages of the first inverter and the second inverter, and the first motor outputs torque to the driving shaft through the planetary gear,
the electronic control unit being configured to interrupt electric power supply from a side of the first inverter and the second inverter to a side of the electric storage device when an accelerator operating amount becomes equal to or below a specified operating amount in the specified traveling.

US Pat. No. 10,166,869

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT UNIT, WIRE HARNESS, AND CONNECTOR FIXING STRUCTURE

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. An electronic component unit, comprising:a substrate on which an electronic component is mounted;
a connector electrically connected to the substrate; and
a connector fixing structure including:
a pair of notches that are provided opposite each other on opposing ends of the substrate in a long-side direction and that penetrate through the substrate in a plate thickness direction,
a pair of press fitting plates that are provided on the connector and that are press-fitted into the respective notches, and
a deformation acceptable space that is provided adjacent to each of both sides of the press fitting plates that are press-fitted into the respective notches in the long-side direction, such that a first side of the deformation acceptable space is provided between each of the pair of press fitting plates and the substrate in the long-side direction and a second side of the deformation acceptable space is provided on each side of the pair of press fitting plates opposite the first side.

US Pat. No. 10,166,868

VEHICLE-MOUNTED EQUIPMENT OPERATION SUPPORT SYSTEM

YAZAKI CORPORATION, Mina...

1. A vehicle-mounted equipment operation support system comprising:a vehicle-mounted equipment operating device, the vehicle-mounted equipment operating device including a contact operating surface configured to receive a contact operation inputted by an operator by a finger of the operator, wherein a plurality of contact operation modes are assigned to the contact operating surface, the vehicle-mounted equipment operating device also including an operation mode detector configured to detect a contact operation mode of the contact operating surface selected by the operator through the contact operating surface;
a display device which displays operation-related information relating to the contact operation and the contact operation mode; and
a controller configured to control an operation of vehicle-mounted equipment so as to operate or stop an operation of the vehicle-mounted equipment in accordance with an output signal outputted by the contact operating surface corresponding to the contact operation, and an output signal outputted by the contact operation mode detector corresponding to the contact operation mode, and perform display control of the display device so as to display the operation-related information on the display device based on the output signals outputted by the contact operating surface and the operation mode detector, the display control including at least shifting display content of the operation-related information according to the outputted signals outputted by the contact operating surface and the contact operation mode detector,
wherein the contact operating surface is arranged at a position that is closer to a vehicle front side than a vehicle steering wheel and enables the operator to perform a contact operation without taking off a hand from the steering wheel,
wherein the contact operating surface includes a touch sensor and is configured to receive the contact operation via a slide operation of tracing the contact operating surface with a fingertip executed by the operator,
wherein the slide operation includes the operator sliding the finger across a surface of the touch sensor,
wherein the slide operation includes a slide operation direction, and
wherein at least one of the output signal outputted by the contact operating surface and the output signal outputted by the contact operation mode detector corresponds to the slide operation direction such that the controller is configured to control the operation of the vehicle-mounted equipment and perform display control of the display device in coordination with the slide operation direction.

US Pat. No. 10,166,867

METHOD TO CONTROL REACTION FORCE OF AN ACCELERATOR PEDAL SYSTEM

1. Method to control acceleration of a motor vehicle from a current vehicle speed, wherein the motor vehicle comprises an accelerator pedal system able to generate on an accelerator pedal an added reaction force when depression of the accelerator pedal reaches a given depression level, comprising:a) measuring the current vehicle speed;
b) determining a target speed of the motor vehicle depending at least on the current vehicle speed or determining from the current vehicle speed a maximum acceleration rate;
c) determining at least one threshold depression level of the accelerator pedal that corresponds to stabilization of vehicle speed at the target speed or that corresponds to the maximum acceleration rate;
d) generating an added reaction force on the accelerator pedal if the depression of the accelerator pedal reaches or is about to reach the threshold depression level;
wherein at least steps a), b) and c) are automatically repeated as the vehicle speed increases, and wherein, in step b), the maximum acceleration rate is determined to be a compromise between an engine torque demand and a time necessary to reach a determined higher speed.

US Pat. No. 10,166,866

VEHICLE TRAVELING CONTROL APPARATUS

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle traveling control apparatus applied to a vehicle comprising:circuitry configured to
monitor whether or not a driver of said vehicle is in an abnormal state where said driver loses an ability to drive said vehicle;
decelerate said vehicle to automatically stop said vehicle after a conclusive abnormality determination time point which is a time point when said circuitry finalizes a determination that said driver is in said abnormal state;
determine whether or not said vehicle is in a deceleration prohibition situation based on at least one set of self-vehicle information on a traveling state of said vehicle, information on a vehicle speed of another vehicle traveling around said vehicle, information on a speed limit of a road on which said vehicle is traveling, information on weather condition around said vehicle, and information on a road surface condition of said road on which said vehicle is traveling; and
prohibit said deceleration of said vehicle when it is determined that said vehicle is in said deceleration prohibition situation.

US Pat. No. 10,166,865

AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF DRIVELINE STATES

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle driveline comprising:determining demands to power secondary wheels for each of a plurality of vehicle related conditions detected by sensors;
scaling the demands for each condition;
summing the scaled demands;
powering only primary wheels when the summed demands are less than a reference value;
powering the primary and secondary wheels when the summed demands equal or exceed the reference value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,864

DRIVE APPARATUS

Hydro-Gear Limited Partne...

1. A drive apparatus for use on a vehicle having a prime mover, the drive apparatus comprising:a housing;
a center section disposed in the housing and having a first end and a second end, and having hydraulic porting formed therein, the center section further comprising:
a first running surface having a first pair of kidney ports connected to the hydraulic porting, wherein the first running surface is formed closer to the first end than to the second end;
a plurality of projections extending from the first running surface, wherein each of the plurality of projections has an opening formed therein for securing the center section to the housing;
a second running surface having a second pair of kidney ports connected to the hydraulic porting; and
a third running surface having a third pair of kidney ports connected to the hydraulic porting, wherein the second and third running surfaces are formed closer to the second end than to the first end;
a hydraulic pump disposed on the first running surface and connected to the first pair of kidney ports;
a first hydraulic motor disposed on the second running surface and comprising a first motor cylinder block connected to the second pair of kidney ports and driving a first output shaft; and
a second hydraulic motor disposed on the third running surface and comprising a second motor cylinder block connected to the third pair of kidney ports and driving a second output shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,166,862

METHOD FOR DETECTING A STICKING TANK VENT VALVE

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. A method for detecting a sticking tank vent valve in a motor vehicle, a temperature sensor being situated in a tank vent line between the tank vent valve and an inlet point into an intake manifold or into a turbocharger, the method comprising:detecting a sticking of the tank vent valve when the absolute value of a correlation of a computed tank ventilation mass flow and of a signal value of the temperature sensor violates a predefinable threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,861

FUEL TANK STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A fuel tank structure comprising:a fuel tank that is mounted to an automobile and that is configured to store fuel;
a bag shaped member that is fixed to a ceiling portion inside the fuel tank, and that is configured to maintain a contact state with the fuel by expanding or contracting according to a fluid surface height of fuel stored inside the fuel tank;
a pump housing recessed portion that is formed to a bottom portion of the fuel tank with a fuel pump disposed therein;
a fuel flow path that is in communication with the pump housing recessed portion and that extends from the pump housing recessed portion in a groove shape,
wherein:
the pump housing recessed portion is formed deeper than a height of the fuel pump and is formed at a center portion of the fuel tank in plan view; and
the fuel flow path is formed in a radiating shape running from the pump housing recessed portion toward a side wall of the fuel tank.

US Pat. No. 10,166,860

MULTI-STAGE DETACHABLE HOOD AIR SCOOP ASSEMBLIES AND VEHICLES INCORPORATING THE SAME

1. A vehicle comprising:a hood assembly that extends over an engine compartment; and
a multi-stage detachable hood air scoop assembly connected to the hood assembly above the engine compartment, the multi-stage detachable hood air scoop assembly comprising:
an intake component connected directly to the hood assembly; and
a cover component releasable connected to the intake component and directly to the hood assembly using releasable connections such that the cover component detaches from the intake component and the hood assembly in response to a predetermined front impact force;
wherein the intake component comprises a fastening arm connected to the cover component, the fastening arm having a line of weakness that separates the fastening arm into a connected portion that remains connected to the intake component and a free portion that separates from the connected portion upon application of a predetermined tensile force at the line of weakness.

US Pat. No. 10,166,859

ACTIVE UNDERBODY ARRANGEMENT FOR A VEHICLE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A vehicle comprising:a vehicle body having a first end configured to face oncoming airflow when the vehicle is in motion relative to a road surface and an opposing second end;
an under-hood compartment provided in the first end of the vehicle body;
an internal combustion engine received in the under-hood compartment;
a heat exchanger in fluid communication with the engine, wherein the engine is cooled by a liquid circulated through the heat exchanger;
an underbody extending between the first and second ends of the vehicle body, the underbody including a forward portion adjacent the first end of the vehicle body, a rearward portion adjacent the second end of the vehicle body and a central portion extending therebetween;
at least one aerodynamic member disposed adjacent the forward portion of the underbody and proximate to the under-hood compartment, the at least one aerodynamic member including a housing and an opening extending at least partially through the housing;
an airflow management device provided in the opening and selectively positioned to direct the airflow from the front end of the vehicle into the under-hood compartment to improve vehicle performance, wherein the airflow management device includes a shutter assembly disposed in the opening in the housing of the at least one aerodynamic member;
a mechanism operatively connected to the shutter assembly to selectively position the shutter assembly between at least a fully open position and a fully closed position; and
a controller operatively connected to the mechanism to regulate movement of the mechanism to selectively position the shutter assembly,
wherein the controller selectively positions the shutter assembly between at least the fully open position and the fully closed position to cool the liquid circulated through the heat exchanger based upon a load generated by the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,166,858

SHUTTER DEVICE FOR A FRONT GRILLE OF A VEHICLE

BATZ, S.COOP., Igorre (E...

1. A shutter device comprising:a first flap rotatable between an open position and a closed position,
a second flap rotatable between an open position and a closed position,
a first driven wheel that rotates and is coupled to the first flap, the first driven wheel including a notched part comprising a plurality of notches and a blocking part, a rotation of the first driven wheel causing a rotation of the first flap between the open and closed positions,
a second driven wheel that rotates and is coupled to the second flap, the second driven wheel including a notched part comprising a plurality of notches and a blocking part, a rotation of the second driven wheel causing a rotation of the second flap between the open and closed positions,
a first drive wheel that rotates, the first drive wheel including a notched part comprising a plurality of notches and a blocking part, the notched part of the first drive wheel being engageable with the notched part of the first driven wheel to cause a rotation of the first driven wheel when the first drive wheel rotates, the first driven wheel being prevented to rotate when the blocking part of the first drive wheel engages the blocking part of the first driven wheel,
a second drive wheel that rotates, the second drive wheel including a notched part comprising a plurality of notches and a blocking part, the notched part of the second drive wheel being engageable with the notched part of the second driven wheel to cause a rotation of the driven wheel when the second drive wheel rotates, the second driven wheel being prevented to rotate when the blocking part of the second drive wheel engages the blocking part of the second driven wheel,
an actuator coupled to the first drive wheel and to the second drive wheel,
the notched parts and blocking parts of the first drive wheel and first driven wheel and the notched parts and blocking parts of the second drive wheel and second driven wheel being arranged in a manner that results in a sequential opening or closing of the first and second flaps when the first and second drive wheels are rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,166,857

TWO-WAY MOTION TYPE ACTIVE AIR FLAP SYSTEM AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A vehicle comprising:an active air flap system comprising first, second, and third air flaps configured as a combination of a column array of air flaps and a row array of air flaps which open forward and laterally; a flap case coupled with the first, second, and third air flaps so as to match a size of a grill space in front of an engine room while defining a blast space; a sliding frame serving to laterally open the first, second, and third air flaps; a flap sliding actuator connected to the sliding frame by a pinion and a rack; and a flap rotary actuator allowing the first, second, and third air flaps to be opened forward; and
an engine control unit to control operation of the active air flap system.

US Pat. No. 10,166,855

VEHICLE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CALCULATING AN ENGINE TORQUE REQUEST VALUE

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A method of calculating an engine torque request value for a vehicle, the method comprising:receiving a regeneration torque request value corresponding to the regeneration torque request value to be generated by an energy recovery mechanism, with a vehicle controller;
receiving a desired acceleration value, with the vehicle controller;
calculating an engine torque request value, with the vehicle controller, based on the regeneration torque request value and the desired acceleration value; and
operating an engine, with the vehicle controller, in accordance with the engine torque request value;
modifying the regeneration torque request value to define a modified regeneration torque request value;
wherein modifying the regeneration torque request value includes multiplying the regeneration torque request value by a multiplication factor to define the modified regeneration torque request value, wherein the multiplication factor is based on a speed of the vehicle;
re-defining the modified regeneration torque request value based on a gear shift in a transmission of the vehicle;
wherein re-defining the modified regeneration torque request value includes multiplying the modified regeneration torque request value by a limiting factor to re-define the modified regeneration torque request value, wherein the limiting factor is based on the gear shift in the transmission;
wherein calculating the engine torque request value based on the regeneration torque request value and the desired acceleration value further includes calculating the engine torque request value based on at least one of: a transmission gear ratio, a final drive ratio, an estimated losses torque value, an aerodynamic drag torque value, a maximum engine torque value, and a determination of vehicle operation on a race track;
wherein calculating the engine torque request value includes calculating an engine torque overhead value and a total acceleration torque value;
wherein calculating the engine torque overhead value includes solving an equation defined as: Engine Torque Overhead Value=(Maximum Engine Torque Value×Transmission Gear Ratio×Final Drive Ratio)?Modified Regeneration Torque Request Value.

US Pat. No. 10,166,854

TRANSMISSION, HYBRID DRIVETRAIN AND DRIVETRAIN FOR AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG, F...

1. A transmission, comprising:a transmission input shaft;
a transmission output shaft;
a main gear set, a first power path and a second power path formed between the transmission input shaft and the main gear set, the main gear set comprising a first planetary gear set, a second planetary gear set and four shafts, a third shaft of the main gear set connected to the transmission output shaft;
a first shift element, the first power path connectable through the first shift element to a fourth shaft of the main gear set;
a second shift element, the first power path connectable through the second shift element to a second shaft of the main gear set;
a third shift element, the second power path connectable through the third shift element to a first shaft of the main gear set;
a fourth shift element, the second power path connectable through the fourth shift element to the second shaft of the main gear set;
an auxiliary gear set, the auxiliary gear set comprising a planetary gear set and three shafts; and
an electric motor having a rotor and a stator, a first shaft of the auxiliary gear set connected to the rotor,
wherein a second shaft of the auxiliary gear set is constantly connected to the first shaft of the main gear set, and
wherein a third shaft of the auxiliary gear set is constantly connected to the third shaft of the main gear set.

US Pat. No. 10,166,853

TRANSMISSION UNIT, POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM AND VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

BYD Company Limited, She...

1. A transmission unit for a vehicle, comprising:a plurality of input shafts, each of the input shafts having a shift driving gear thereon;
a plurality of output shafts, each of the output shafts having a shift driven gear configured to mesh with the corresponding shift driving gear;
a motor power shaft configured to rotate together with one of the output shafts;
an output unit configured to rotate with the one or a different one of the output shafts at a different speed or configured to selectively engage with the one or the different one of the output shafts so as to rotate together with the engaged output shaft;
a reverse output gear configured to selectively rotate together with one of the shift driving gears via a reverse idler gear; and
a reverse synchronizer configured to selectively synchronize the reverse output gear with the reverse idler gear,
wherein both the reverse output gear and the reverse idler gear are fitted over the motor power shaft; and
wherein in a parking state, the motor power shaft is configured to rotate together with one of the input shafts to drive a first motor generator to generate electric power; and
wherein the plurality of input shafts comprise a first input shaft and a second input shaft coaxially fitted over the first input shaft, and the plurality of output shafts comprise a first output shaft and a second output shaft parallel to the first and second input shafts respectively; and
wherein the shift driving gears on the plurality of input shafts comprise: a first-gear driving gear disposed on the first input shaft, a second-gear driving gear disposed on the second input shaft, a third-gear driving gear disposed on the first input shaft, a fifth-gear driving gear disposed on the first input shaft, and a fourth-sixth-gear driving gear disposed on the second input shaft; and
wherein the shift driven gears on the plurality of output shafts comprise: a first-gear driven gear, a second-gear driven gear, a third-gear driven gear, and a fourth-gear driven gear disposed on the first output shaft, a fifth-gear driven gear and a sixth-gear driven gear disposed on the second output shaft; and
wherein a first-third gear synchronizer disposed between the first-gear driven gear and the third-gear driven gear, a second-fourth gear synchronizer disposed between the second-gear driven gear and the fourth-gear driven gear, and a fifth-sixth gear synchronizer disposed between the fifth-gear driven gear and the sixth-gear driven gear.

US Pat. No. 10,166,852

VEHICLE BODY LOWER STRUCTURE

Honda Motor Co.,Ltd., To...

1. A vehicle body lower structure comprising:a first cross member and a second cross member disposed with an interval in a forward and backward direction of a vehicle body, and
an electric power converter provided between the first cross member and the second cross member and below a floor panel,
wherein the electric power converter comprises an electric power converter body disposed between the first cross member and the second cross member and below the floor panel, a first support portion provided at the electric power converter body and supported by the first cross member, and a second support portion provided at the electric power converter body and supported by the second cross member, and
one of the first support portion and the second support portion has a weak portion,
wherein the weak portion has a groove on a side surface of one of the first support portion and the second support portion in a vehicle width direction perpendicular to the forward and backward direction,
wherein in the vehicle width direction, a width of the weak portion is smaller than a width of other portions of the one of the first support portion and the second support portion.

US Pat. No. 10,166,851

BELT MOLDING

SHIROKI CORPORATION, Fuj...

1. A belt molding disposed on an upper edge of an outer panel or an upper edge of an inner panel of a vehicular door including a glass that rises and lowers between the upper edge of the outer panel and the upper edge of the inner panel, the belt molding comprising:a molding main body installed on the upper edge of the outer panel or the upper edge of the inner panel;
a protrusion formed on an outer surface of a side portion of the molding main body, the side portion being opposed to the glass; and
a seal lip formed below the protrusion on the outer surface of the side portion of the molding main body, the seal lip being configured to be in contact with the glass that rises and lowers, the seal lip being capable of being in contact with the protrusion when the glass is fully-closed, wherein
the belt molding includes a skin on a seal lip contacting portion of the protrusion that contacts the seal lip,
the skin is made of a harder material than a material of the protrusion, and
the skin covers the outer surface of the side portion of the molding main body.

US Pat. No. 10,166,850

DEFLECTION ELEMENT FOR A WIND DEFLECTOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

1. A deflection element for a wind deflector, comprising a flexible fabric which is transferable by means of a deployment element of the wind deflector into a use position relative to a basic position and which has a fastening device along at least one of an upper side edge of the fabric and a lower side edge of the fabric for fastening the deflection element to at least one of the deployment element, a base element of the wind deflector and a motor vehicle body, wherein the fastening device has at least one first clamping strip and at least one second clamping strip connected to one another by means of connecting elements which clamp the at least one of the upper side edge of the fabric and the lower side edge of the fabric between the first clamping strip and the second clamping strip, wherein a fastening element of the fastening device is arranged on an outer side of at least one of the first clamping strip and the second clamping strip, and wherein the fastening element is configured to be connectable to the at least one of the deployment element, the base element and the motor vehicle body by means of a latching element, and wherein the at least one of the upper side edge of the fabric and the lower side edge of the fabric has an arrangement of through openings which correspond in shape and position with the shape and position of the connecting elements.

US Pat. No. 10,166,847

VEHICLE SIDE PORTION STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle side portion structure comprising:a front side door and a rear side door provided at a side portion of a vehicle that does not have a center pillar;
a lock member provided at at least one side door of the front side door and the rear side door, the lock member being disposed at a vehicle vertical direction lower portion of the one side door on a side of the other side door and, when the one side door is closed, engaging with the other side door or a body of the vehicle to thereby lock the one side door; and
a reinforcement member provided inside the one side door at the vehicle vertical direction lower portion with at least a part of the reinforcement member being disposed on an upper side of the lock member so that the lock member is surrounded by the reinforcement member and a peripheral edge portion of the one side door as seen in a side view of the vehicle,
wherein:
when the front side door and the rear side door are closed, at least the part of the reinforcement member overlaps with the other side door as seen in the side view of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,166,845

ADJUSTABLE SUN SHIELD

LilGift, LLC, Paramus, N...

1. An adjustable sun shield connectable to a visor and positionable in a plurality of positions, the visor having a major dimension and the sun shield comprising:a mount having a major dimension and being connectable to the visor so the major dimension of the mount is aligned with the major dimension of the visor; and
a shield having a major dimension and being contactable to the mount so that shield major dimension is positioned transverse to the mount major dimension, the shield being positionable in a plurality of positions along a first axis defined by the major dimension of the mount, and along a second axis defined by the major dimension of the shield, wherein the first axis and the second axis are transverse with each other;
wherein the mount further comprises:
a frame having an opening defined therethrough and a pliable band connected with the frame through the opening;
and wherein the shield further comprises:
a shield assembly comprising a shield bracket slideably connected with the frame, and a shield slideably connected with the shield bracket, the shield assembly being positionable in a plurality of positions by movement of the shield bracket along the mount in a direction parallel with the visor major dimension, and by movement of the shield in the shield bracket in a direction transverse with the visor major dimension.

US Pat. No. 10,166,844

VEHICLE HOOD SHIELD AND BRACKET SYSTEM

Lund, Inc., Buford, GA (...

1. A hood shield configured for use on the hood of a vehicle, the hood shield comprising:a leading edge;
a trailing edge, wherein the leading edge and the trailing edge both curve towards the vehicle;
a leading surface extending from the leading edge towards the trailing edge, the leading surface having a first straight portion attached to the leading edge, a curved portion, and second straight portion, the curved portion being located between the first straight portion and the second straight portion;
a diverter extending upwards from the second straight portion, the diverter having a curved front leg and a generally straight back leg; and
a trailing surface extending from the generally straight back leg to the trailing edge.

US Pat. No. 10,166,840

AUXILIARY AIR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR USE IN A VEHICLE

MAHINDRA VEHICLE MANUFACT...

2. An air distribution system for the distribution of air conditioning to a rear portion of a vehicle, the air distribution system comprising:a housing extending from a first end to a second end;
said housing defining a plurality of first direct air outlets disposed adjacent said first end and a plurality of second direct air outlets disposed adjacent said second end;
said housing defining a plurality of indirect air outlets disposed between said plurality of first direct air outlets and said plurality of second direct air outlets; and
an airflow control assembly configured to interchange airflow of the air distribution system between a first airflow mode wherein airflow is open through said the plurality of first and second direct air outlets but blocked from said plurality of indirect air outlets for guiding air directly to occupants situated adjacent said plurality of first and second direct air outlets and a second airflow mode wherein airflow is restricted through said plurality of first and second direct air outlets and open through said plurality of indirect air outlets to create a airflow over the occupants;
said housing defining an air inlet disposed at said first end;
said housing defining a plurality of direct airflow channels each extending from said air inlet to one of said plurality of first or second direct air outlets;
said housing defining a plurality of indirect airflow channels extending from said air inlet to said plurality of indirect air outlets; and
said air control assembly configured to open said plurality of direct airflow channels and block said plurality of indirect airflow channels in said first airflow mode and restrict said plurality of direct airflow channels and open said plurality of indirect airflow channels in said second airflow mode to establish said bloom of air over the occupants.